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Putin Wants U.S. And Russia To Improve Relations
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message that he hopes the countries can improve relations.
In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, Putin said ‘‘regardless of difficulties and disagreements’’ h…
Obama Meets With New Ukraine Prime Minister
President Obama is praising the courage of the Ukrainian people in standing up for democracy and self-destiny.  In a White House meeting with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Obama urged Congress to quickly wrap-up an aid package for Ukraine...
Pentagon: 20,000 Russian Troops In Ukraine
The Pentagon estimates there are now about 20,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, as additional forces have gone into the country over the last week.
 
    Rear Adm. John Kirby says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Ukraine Defense Minister Ihor Tenyuh on Friday...
Ukraine Talks Continue In Paris
The building blocks for a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine have emerged today in Paris -- where top Russian and Western officials have been trying to defuse the crisis over Crimea. European and Ukrainian diplomats at the meetings have outlined ways that all sides could step back from the brin…
Russian Troops Control Crimea
Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the action by Russian troops based in the strategic region an…