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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Eliot L. Engel
The Obama administration hopes Russia will agree to sit down for direct talks with the transitional government that took power in Ukraine following last month's ouster of the nation's Moscow-backed president, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
President Obama's new nuclear deal reached last month with Iran faced bipartisan criticism as Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first defense of the agreement on Capitol Hill.
While recent days saw a clutch of sledge-hammer-wielding protesters in Kiev toppling a statue of Vladimir Lenin, the Obama administration has tried to resist characterizing the situation as a Cold War-era political standoff between East and West.
President Obama and his top aides tried to rally support Thursday for retaliatory strikes in Syria, saying they remain convinced that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, but hopes for an international coalition took a major hit when the British Parliament voted against military action.
Congress is increasingly resisting the administration's case for limited military strikes against the Syrian government, though sentiment is growing on Capitol Hill that President Obama can — and must — find a way to do more to arm moderate rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.
The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday that new findings by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency show the need for Washington to significantly broaden U.S. sanctions on Iran in order to prevent the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear weapon.
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met at a State Department dinner Monday night for their first direct talks in more than three years, some in Washington's foreign policy community said ongoing meltdowns in other Middle Eastern nations may have created a rare window for peace between the two sides.
The House and Senate this week advanced bills to broaden sanctions against Iran because of its suspected nuclear weapons program and continued abuse of human rights, as the theocratic regime in Tehran took steps to manipulate its June 14 presidential election.
A key House panel pushed through legislation Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to significantly broaden U.S. sanctions on Iran, just as the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency released a report saying the Islamic republic's nuclear program had made measurable advances.
A spate of Democratic lawmakers are using March Madness to raise some campaign funds as the NCAA men's basketball tournament arrives in the nation's capital.
The leader of Syria's main opposition group sought to allay Western fears Thursday that terrorists have infiltrated the rebel movement in the war-torn nation, as U.S. officials touted a new plan to ship meals and medical supplies — but not weapons — to those fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
The U.S. and several European allies reportedly are warming to the idea of shipping nonmilitary aid to rebels fighting in Syria, but one top Democratic lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would go further by authorizing arms transfers to those fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Despite the biting divide between Republicans and Democrats on almost all other fronts, two key House lawmakers announced a bipartisan bill Wednesday to boost sanctions on Iran, trying to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
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“This is a critical moment," Mr. Engel added. "The U.S., our European allies, and the international community must stand up for Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity."
“Let me be clear," said Mr. Engel, whose own family roots stem back to Ukraine, "President Putin’s aggressive military actions in Crimea flagrantly violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They violate international law, and they violate Russia’s commitments to Ukraine.