When New York City instituted a ban on indoor smoking in 2003, United Nations officials told everyone working in the East Side headquarters to comply. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s then-UN ambassador, was having none of it.
Russia said it’s making headway with the U.S. and the European Union in resolving the dispute in Ukraine after presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama spoke and the two countries’ top diplomats prepared for more talks.
Western leaders are counting on the threat of wide-ranging sanctions to make Vladimir Putin pause for breath after swallowing Crimea. If they can’t, the Russian president may opt to move deeper into Ukraine.