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Russia’s parliament voted Saturday to allow President Vladimir Putin to send troops into its western neighbour – a decision US President Barack Obama swiftly branded a “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty”.
From Egypt, where the nation’s first democratically-elected president Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi was toppled in July by the army, to Ukraine where Viktor Yanukovych, brought to power in 2010 polls, fled his post after months of street protests, the US has had to fine-tune its response.
The ousting of Yanukovych, like July’s toppling of Egypt’s Morsi, proved that elections by themselves were not always enough.
Seoul and Washington insist they are both defensive in nature, playing out various scenarios to combat a North Korean invasion.
The risk of violence is high as a march of pro-government “Chavista women” is also scheduled for Saturday in Caracas.
Kerry visited Jakarta on Monday as part of an Asian tour, tensions flared over new espionage allegations in a weekend New York Times report, which said Australian spies targeted Indonesian officials during a trade dispute with the United States.
The White House waited until Monday to confirm that Obama would indeed add an unexpected stop in Saudi Arabia onto a previously announced tour of the Netherlands, Brussels and Vatican City in March.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s team and the opposition made no progress on local ceasefires or permission for humanitarian corridors to some of the country’s more devastated cities such as Homs.
Washington’s top diplomat also referred to “talk of boycotts” of Israel.
Kerry and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif “discussed the upcoming negotiations with the P5+1 and the EU on a comprehensive agreement that will begin in Vienna next month,” a senior US State Department official said.
The report said Netanyahu was proposing that Israel also keep hold of a group of settlements deep in the West Bank — Beit El, Ofra and Psagot — which lie to the north and east of Ramallah, the radio said.
A diplomatic row erupted between Israel and Washington on Tuesday after Yaalon was quoted as saying Kerry had an “obsession” and a “sense of messianism” about the peace process.
New bill facilitates the return of military aid to Egypt following its suspension in July
Fahmy attends Arab Peace Initiative meeting in Paris
Egypt’s foreign minister will attend meetings regarding Syria and Palestine and Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry hurtles into 2014 with a trip to the Middle East Wednesday, hoping to make this the year Israel and the Palestinians seal a long-elusive peace deal
The Arab League held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Palestinian-Israeli negotiations
Secretary General of the Muslim Brotherhood denounces US Secretary of State’s comments, accusing the United States of “supporting the coup”
Kerry made some of his toughest comments yet about the party that took power in Egypt’s first democratic election
State Department provide little comment on Russian delegation’s visit to Egypt
Kerry stressed there was “zero gap” between the US administration and “our commitment to our allies in the Gulf and the region.”
As the US top diplomat doubles down on efforts to bridge the gaps in the peace negotiations he will return to Jerusalem on Friday for a previously unscheduled breakfast meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Turkish PM’s “narrow partisan views are pushing relations with Turkey to a path we wanted to avoid,” says Badawy in a press conference
Kerry’s visit comes at a time of strained relations between the traditional allies after Washington suspended some military aid to Egypt following Morsi’s ouster
Arab Ministers meet with US Secretary of State to discuss the Middle East Peace Process
Kerry: If Iran takes rapid measures to cooperate with international monitoring of its nuclear programme, Washington could begin lifting sanctions
Foreign Minister clarifies Obama’s remarks on Egypt at UNGA
Egypt’s Foreign Minister pleased with US-Russia agreement ahead of visit to Moscow
Ban has the “fervent hope” that the deal reached in Geneva will prevent any further use of chemical arms and “help pave the path for a political solution to stop the appalling suffering inflicted on the Syrian people,” said a UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci.
“We cannot accept any part of this initiative,” General Selim Idriss told reporters in Istanbul.