More Vladimir Putin Articles

  • Putin says Russia will not retaliate further to US sanctions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says Russia will not retaliate further to US sanctions.

  • US, Europe sanctions target Putin's inner circle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping...

  • Vladimir Putin's illusory triumph in Ukraine

    Bungling is an inherent feature of American foreign policy. Even with the best of intentions, our presidents miss warning signs, overreact to minor threats, fail to dissuade other governments from doing things we oppose and wade into situations that blow up in our faces. It's not a Republican...

  • Editorial cartoon: Putin's madness

    Cartoon by Gary Varvel/Creators Syndicate.

  • Russian economy, tycoons take hit in Crimea crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's most powerful businessmen waited for over an hour Thursday to hear from President Vladimir Putin, whose decision to annex the Crimean Peninsula has cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in market value. When Putin finally showed up, he spoke to them for...

  • John McCain jokes about Russian sanctions: 'I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off'

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reacted to the sanctions placed on him by the Russian government with a bit of sarcastic humor on Thursday. “I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen," he said. "Nonetheless, I...

  • Obama expands sanctions against Russia, warns of 'more severe actions'

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. was expanding sanctions against senior Russian officials following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and warned of further “severe actions” against the Kremlin if it did not stand down. “The world is watching with grave concern,” Obama said...

  • Analysis: Putin tests Obama's foreign policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment and his inclination to proceed cautiously in...

  • Vladimir Putin's just the latest bad character to enchant Western leaders

    Acting as if he were endowed by special insight bestowed upon no one else, George W. Bush declared in 2001 that he had looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and “was able to get a sense of his soul.”

  • White House condemns storming of Ukrainian navy headquarters

    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday condemned the storming of the Crimean navy headquarters by pro-Russian forces, saying that Russia was “directly responsible for any casualties” that occur in the conflict.

  • Warning Russia, Biden says US will defend allies

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Issuing an outright warning to Moscow, Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday the United States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, as Russia's neighbors looked warily to the escalating crisis in nearby Ukraine. Standing side by side with a...

  • Options for confronting Vladimir Putin's cold facts in Ukraine

    The cold fact of European geo-political history distinguishing March 18, 2014, from March 17, and, for that matter, making it precariously unlike any other day since the end of World War II is this: Military aggression in Europe by a major European power has led to political annexation and...

  • Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia's borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland — provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a...

  • It's put up or shut up time for President Obama

    From the start, he promised Russia would pay "costs" if it persisted in trying to grab Ukrainian territory. Well, now it has, and the shooting has started. From AFP: One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded on Tuesday during a raid on a Ukrainian military base in the rebel Black...

  • After Crimea, world anxious about next Putin move

    MOSCOW (AP) — With Crimea in Russia's pocket, the world anxiously awaits Vladimir Putin's next move. Beyond the prize of the Black Sea peninsula, a picture is emerging of what the Russian president ultimately wants from his power play: broad autonomy for Ukraine's Russian-speaking regions and...



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