More Vladimir Putin Articles

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Joe Biden: More sanctions coming as Russia annexes Crimea

    Vice President Joe Biden, in Eastern Europe to reassure U.S. allies rattled by Russian actions in Ukraine, said Tuesday that Western powers would impose more sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime after Moscow formally annexed Crimea.

  • Vladimir Putin: Crimea should be part of Russia

    Fiercely defending Russia's move to annex Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had to respond to what he described as a Western plot to take Ukraine into its sphere of influence.

  • Editorial cartoon: All's fair with the Crimean vote

    Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons/Cagle Cartoons

  • Without a foreign policy, Obama appears weak and indecisive

    What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longe,r and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is? With Russia's Vladimir Putin...

  • Obama's solipsism produces cognitive dissonance

    Cognitive dissonance is a phrase that describes what happens when the world turns out to operate differently from what you expected. It's also a phrase that could be used to describe the state of mind of some of President Obama's current and past foreign policy advisers.

  • Experts say sanctions will have little influence on Vladimir Putin

    The White House on Monday trumpeted sanctions against senior Kremlin officials as the most extensive economic punishment imposed on Russia since the Cold War. But Russian President Vladimir Putin must have missed that memo.

  • White House won't rule out sanctions against Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was not on the list of 11 Russian and Ukrainian names sanctioned by the U.S. government Monday, but the White House would not rule out the possibility when pressed about getting more aggressive with the Kremlin. “We're not going to rule out individuals or...

  • Vladimir Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign and independent'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Monday recognizing Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country," hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken from Ukraine following a weekend referendum.

  • Obama to Russia: 'We stand ready to impose further sanctions'

    Taking a direct shot at Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama told the leader Monday that the U.S. would impose additional sanctions on Kremlin officials if they don't stand down in Ukraine. “If Russia continues to intervene in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further...



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