U.S. and EU Impose Sanctions on Russia
The EU and U.S. announced coordinated sanctions against Russia on Thursday, amid escalating East-West hostility over Crimea. The package includes immediate visa bans and threatens asset seizures and bans on business if Russia does not relent. President Obama spent an hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin, but the Russian president later said that Washington and Moscow remain heavily divided. His stance was strengthened by the Crimean parliament’s support for secession from Ukraine. Despite threatening a boycott, Ukrainian athletes have announced that they will participate in the Paralympic Games and raise their flag “for peace” at tonight’s opening ceremony.