Western leaders from President Barack Obama to Chancellor Angela Merkel are telling Russia not to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. Vladimir Putin’s response as he prepares for military conflict: What about ours?
President Barack Obama will nominate Michael McFaul , the director of Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia, said an administration official who requested anonymity because the nomination hasn’t been formally announced.
Remarks by Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador, during a May 25 talk at the Moscow Higher School of Economics were “unprofessional” and went “far beyond the limits of diplomatic etiquette,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website.
President Barack Obama will use Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ’s visit to Washington today to advance plans for Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization as the countries seek broader ties, aides said.