On Wednesday, the U.S. responded to President Putin's failure to diffuse the violence in Ukraine. President Obama implemented what may be the most crippling round of sanctions against Russia to date, targeting a series of large banks, and energy and defense firms.
The $400 billion deal comes as Russia is looking for an alternate energy market, with the threat of more sanctions from Europe looming.
Ukraine's security forces have arrested scores of demonstrators in what it is calling "an anti terrorist operation." In reaction, Moscow has warned that the use of violence against the demonstrators could result in an all out civil war.
Across Russia, heightened security measures are in place after twin bombings in the city of Volgograd killed at least 32 people earlier in the week. Meanwhile, around the world, Olympic athletes and fans and international official are wondering what implications, if any, those attacks might have on the Sochi winter Olympics.
Yesterday, President Obama announced his decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking the first time that an American president has called off a publicly announced visit to Russia since the end of the Cold War. Kimberly Marten, professor of political science at Columbia University’s Barnard College, discusses the implications of the cancellation.
The Snowden case has caused friction between the United States and Russia and China, as the U.S. believes China may have played a role in Hong Kong's decision to allow Snowden to leave the country. Ambassador Stephen Young, outgoing American consul general in Hong Kong and Macau and Kimberly Marten, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University's Barnard College, examine the relationships between the U.S. and its former Cold War foes.
Edward Snowden remains in a transit area in the Moscow airport, but he has abandoned his request for asylum in Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin said asylum would only be granted if Snowden ceases leaking classified information against the United States. Ellen Barry, Moscow Bureau Chief for our partner The New York Times, and Kimberly Marten, Political Science professor at Barnard College, join The Takeaway to discuss Putin's decision and the possible next steps for Snowden.