Summary WASHINGTON -- The United States would not recognize a referendum by Crimea to leave Ukraine, and a shift of that region to Russia "is not a done deal," a top Obama administration official said Sunday. The former vice president under President George W. Bush suggested conducting joint military operations with NATO countries that border Russia, offering equipment and training to Ukraine and reinstating the ballistic missile defense system that was planned for Eastern Europe but scrapped by Obama in 2009. Russia had opposed the deployment of the system in Poland and the Czech Republic.
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Summary After repeatedly being refused entry to Crimea, an unarmed OSCE military observer mission will instead go to other parts of Ukraine in the coming days, including the country's east, the European security body said on Tuesday. Nobody was hurt. It was the third straight day the OSCE mission had been turned back while trying to cross the narrow isthmus connecting the isolated Black Sea peninsula to the rest of Ukraine.
Summary Russia's plans for Crimea were long in the making. Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, March 11, 2014. Dan Murphy is a staff writer for the Monitor's international desk, focused on the Middle East.
Summary As the referendum on Crimea's future draws close, the authorities there adopt a declaration of independence, saying there's already a precedent for the move, set by the UN decision on Kosovo. Ultra-nationalist groups are trying to plunge Ukraine into civil conflict as the West turns a blind eye - the country's ousted President speaks out for the first time in nearly a fortnight.
Summary Blowing Dust Advisory issued March 11 at 4:38AM MDT expiring March 11 at 7:00PM MDT in effect for: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers.... But the Crimean parliament's declaration could put the bid to join Russia on hold, depending on the outcome of Russian President Vladimir Putin's bargaining with the West. The dispute between Moscow and the West over Crimea is one of the most severe geopolitical crises in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
Summary Moscow: Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that a declaration of independence approved earlier by the pro-Moscow local parliament in Crimea was "absolutely lawful." Russian state television today was datelining reports from Crimea as "the republic of Crimea." "Russia will fully respect the results of the free expression of the will of the peoples of Crimea, during a referendum to which, as we know, observers have been invited from the OSCE and bilaterally," the ministry said.
Summary Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a news conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow March 4, 2014. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Surrounded by faithful aides, President Vladimir Putin hears no opposition to his plans in Crimea, allowing him to drive Russia's bid to reclaim Ukraine's southern region guided by little more than his "inner voice". Former and current officials paint a picture of a leader who counts on the unswerving loyalty of a handful of advisers from his administration and security services to draft policy that has plunged relations with the West to a new post-Cold War low.
Summary Despite protests between pro-Ukraine forces against Russia's hold on Crimea, a pro-Russian force opened fire while seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday. Gay people are bullying Americans? Listen to the rest of her interview here...[ LarsLarson ].
Summary Simferopol: Lawmakers on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula on Tuesday voted for independence from Ukraine ahead of a referendum on joining Russia while Washington rebuffed talks with Moscow in one of their fiercest clashes since the Cold War. The deep historic divide in the nation of 46 million between its pro-European west and more Russified southeast became ever more apparent as Ukraine's political crisis unfolded following Yanukovych's rejection in November of an historic EU pact in favour of better relations with the Kremlin. Last month's rise to power in Kiev of nationalist leaders with cultural and political links to Europe prompted Putin to seek the right to use force against Ukraine in defence of the country's Russian speakers.
Summary BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia's seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater access to abundant U.S. resources. Russia's Gazprom, disregarding a European Commission announcement it had frozen talks, on Tuesday said it expected to sign deals this month on building the huge South Stream pipeline to carry gas to central and southern Europe without crossing Ukraine. "South Stream is confidently moving ahead. Agreements on the laying of the first leg of the pipeline will be signed before the end of March, as well as agreements on the supplies of pipelines for the second leg," Gazprom said after the South Stream consortium, which it leads, met in Switzerland.
Summary KIEV, Ukraine -- Crimea's Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone Tuesday at Washington's initiative. "From the Russian side, the necessity was underlined of taking into complete account the interests of all Ukrainians and all regions in the search for an exit from the crisis and also the respect of the right of the residents of Crimea to determine their fate on their own in accordance with the norms of international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Summary KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Crimea's Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone Tuesday at Washington's initiative. "From the Russian side, the necessity was underlined of taking into complete account the interests of all Ukrainians and all regions in the search for an exit from the crisis and also the respect of the right of the residents of Crimea to determine their fate on their own in accordance with the norms of international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Summary AFP Merkel calls Russia's Crimea action 'annexation': party source. s lawmakers, a participant said. Merkel told the conservative legislators that Russia had effectively "stolen" the peninsula and added that "one can call it an annexation", the party source told AFP on condition of anonymity.