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    Report claims North Korea obtained rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory
    Aug15

    Report claims North Korea obtained rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory

    HARI SREENIVASAN: We return to the North Korea story. Moments ago, the regime’s news agency said its leader, Kim Jong-un, has been briefed on plans for a missile test that would splash down near the U.S. territory of Guam. And, as we reported earlier, Defense Secretary Mattis vowed today to shoot down any missile fired. But where the regime...

    What are economic sanctions?
    Aug07

    What are economic sanctions?

    For many foreign policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution. Introduction Governments and multinational bodies impose economic sanctions to try to alter the strategic decisions of state and nonstate actors that threaten their interests...

    Russia ready for more engagement with U.S., despite sanctions
    Aug06

    Russia ready for more engagement with U.S., despite sanctions

    MANILA, Philippines — Russia’s top diplomat said Sunday his country was ready for more engagement with the United States on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other pressing matters, even as Moscow braced for new sanctions from the Trump administration. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...

    President Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions bill
    Aug03

    President Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions bill

    WASHINGTON — Dealt a striking congressional rebuke, Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he called a “seriously flawed” package of sanctions against Russia, bowing for the moment to resistance from both parties to his push for warmer ties with Moscow. Trump signed the most significant piece of legislation of his presidency Wednesday with no public...

    Trump signs ‘seriously flawed’ Russia sanctions bill
    Aug02

    Trump signs ‘seriously flawed’ Russia sanctions bill

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed what he called a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential...

    Putin’s retaliation for sanctions echoes Cold War tit-for-tat
    Aug01

    Putin’s retaliation for sanctions echoes Cold War tit-for-tat

    WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Yesterday brought another low point between the United States and Russia, as Vladimir Putin elaborated on his demand that the U.S. reduce its staff in Russia by hundreds of personnel. It’s the latest diplomatic flash point in a tense relationship that President Trump and Putin had sought to improve. Special correspondent...

    Russia derides Tillerson statement on sanctions
    Jul30

    Russia derides Tillerson statement on sanctions

    WASHINGTON — An attempt by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to portray recently passed Russian sanctions legislation as a sign Americans want Russia to improve relations with the U.S. has been derided by Moscow. In a statement released by the State Department on Saturday, Tillerson said the overwhelming House and Senate votes in favor of the...

    Why Moscow’s retaliation for U.S. sanctions is a major escalation
    Jul29

    Why Moscow’s retaliation for U.S. sanctions is a major escalation

    JUDY WOODRUFF: The government of Russia announced today that the U.S. would need to drastically reduce the number of its officials working in Russia, and could no longer use two properties there. Hari Sreenivasan is in New York with more. HARI SREENIVASAN: The move follows two American actions, both related to the Russian interference in the 2016...

    Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump, Moscow retaliates
    Jul28

    Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump, Moscow retaliates

    WASHINGTON — The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. embassy’s recreation retreat. Trump’s...

    Senate committee drops subpoena of Manafort in Russia probe
    Jul26

    Senate committee drops subpoena of Manafort in Russia probe

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and to continue...

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