Russia justified its intervention in the Crimea as a legitimate response to a request from Ukraine’s ousted president amid threats posed by extremists, while Western leaders sought to keep the standoff from spiraling into war.
Ministers negotiating a U.S.-led trade pact to link countries around the Pacific failed to resolve questions on market access during talks in Singapore, centered around Japan’s protection of its farmers.
Talks between the U.S. and European Union will be more difficult in the coming months as both sides sort out regulatory differences for a deal they are seeking to complete this year, the EU’s top trade negotiator said.
The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its Jan. 28-29 meeting, the last presided over by former Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and at which policy makers further reduced the central bank’s record stimulus.
India will dispute a U.S. complaint at the World Trade Organization that it unlawfully restricts imports of solar equipment, saying American panel makers such as First Solar Inc. have access to most of its market.
White House official Michael Froman, seeking confirmation as U.S. trade representative, told a Senate committee he would press lawmakers to renew the president’s authority assuring speedy action on trade deals.