Tony Blinken, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, said the president is organizing international opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and warned that a referendum moving Crimea under Russian control would not be recognized.
“What we’ve seen is the president mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine, to isolate Russia for its actions in Ukraine, and to reassure our allies and partners, Blinken said on “Meet the Press.” We’ve seen the president put together a major international support package. He’s invited the Ukrainian prime minister [Arseniy] Yatsenyuk to come to the White House, on Wednesday, to further demonstrate that support and to consult with him.”
U.S. lawmakers continued to criticize Latin American democracies on Friday for not taking more action to end government repression in Venezuela and for holding a meeting behind closed doors.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sidestepped questions on Thursday about numerous Pentagon contractors who are currently seeking to begin business with Iran.
MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
A member of Congress on Thursday called on organizers of the technology conference South by Southwest (SXSW) to cancel a planned speech by National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told SXSW organizers that he was “deeply troubled” by the planned Snowden address, to be made remotely from Russia, where Snowden has fled.
“I strongly urge you to withdraw this invitation,” Pompeo wrote in a Thursday letter obtained by the Free Beacon. He went on to call Snowden “a traitor and a common criminal.”
WARSAW (Reuters) – The U.S. military will send 12 F-16 fighter jets and 300 service personnel to Poland next week for a training exercise whose scope was expanded in response to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine, Poland’s defense minister said on Thursday.
The Israeli government is asking Congress to significantly increase the amount of funding it receives for joint missile defense programs under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, contradicting administration claims that it has fully satisfied the Jewish state’s defense needs.