The meeting of the top American and British diplomats came as Ukraine’s military braced for a possible rebel attack on the city of Mariupol.
The White House says it’s a “response to the Government of North Korea’s ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
Figures linked to massive Russian fraud cases or connected to Russian state institutions on Western sanctions lists will speak at a Russian business forum at University College London this weekend.
The Russian ruble is worth 41% less, in dollar terms, than it was on January 1. U.S. and E.U. sanctions, plus a big drop in oil prices, are to blame.
“If you don’t have to invest in Russia, why would you?” said one private equity executive.
Nearly every Kremlin-owned company and major Kremlin-linked company is now on the U.S. sanctions list.
The hack, first reported by Krebs on Security, may be a result of European and American sanctions against Russia, and could rank bigger than Target’s. Updated to include comment from consumer who was likely targeted.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ban on food imports Wednesday in response to sanctions. “Farewell, jalapeño pepper.”
Obama also says lethal aid to Kiev is not on the table.
The president said the “sanctions are significant but they are also targeted” and are designed to send a message to Russian leaders.
“I think these are pretty pathetic, really,” a Moscow financier told BuzzFeed. “We all expected a lot more after last time.”
After Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, the White House slapped sanctions on several of his closest allies. Russian Instagram users have announced punishing measures in response.
The Russian response to a round of new U.S. sanctions.
You may not have heard of them — but the new targets are Putin’s actual inner circle.
The sanctions include big names but are unlikely to hit the Kremlin where it hurts.
The surprise arrest of Dmitry Firtash at the request of the FBI suggests Western countries may be willing to implement harsher sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday that the State Department would consider a “broad number of tools” in response to violence in Ukraine.
“The American people do not want a march to war. And it is important to understand that if pursuing a resolution diplomatically is … disallowed or ruled out, what options, then, do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” Obama spokesman Jay Carney says.
“There is nothing special about the timing other than we have been aggressively pursuing Hezbollah’s financial networks and the facilitators for their financial activity in Lebanon for some time now,” officials says.
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations sat down with BuzzFeed Shift to talk about everything from the progress of women around the world to hijabs at the Olympics to the crisis in Syria. Russia and China will protect President Assad “at the expense of the blood of the people of Syria,” she says.
He’s right. It is unbelievable.
The NCAA’s fixation with “vacating” wins is a perfect example of the organization’s flaws.