MANILA, Philippines – U.S. President Barack Obama's frustration is spilling over as he makes the most strident defense of his foreign policy yet, rebuking critics who say his diplomacy is haphazard, weak and blurs U.S. national security red lines.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia to de-escalate the crisis over Ukraine or face the consequences of more sanctions if it encroaches further into the east of the country after its annexation of Crimea.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that formally recognized the "reunification" of the breakaway Ukrainian region of Crimea with Russia. "To understand the reason behind such a choice," he said in a speech to parliament, "it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other."
The international crisis over Ukraine escalated sharply Monday as the United States and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state.
Kudos to Oscar-winner Jared Leto for reminding us that democratic revolutions are occurring in two hemispheres, not one. Sadly, U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, focusing on other important issues, ignored both for weeks.