- Obama cautions Putin as Russia OKs use of military force in Ukraine (Al Jazeera, March 1, 2013):
United Nations Security Council holds emergency meeting in New York; European foreign ministers to meet in Brussels
Russia’s upper house of parliament Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to send troops into Ukraine, escalating geopolitical tensions a week after Ukrainian protesters forced out pro-Russian president, Victor Yanukovich, and established an interim government.
The Russian parliament also recommended that Putin recall the country’s ambassador to the United States. Russia has objected to what it sees as U.S. support of the pro-European protests and recent U.S. statements cautioning Moscow against intervention in Ukraine.
President Barack Obama warned Russia Friday against military action in Ukraine. There was no immediate reaction from the White House on the possible recall of the Russian ambassador.