White House Mediates Between Russia and Congress
They can see the brink from here. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sunday in Rome to do damage control on Congress’ latest foreign policy effort. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act calls for new sanctions against Moscow and authorizes $350 million in military assistance to Kiev, including weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists. The bill passed unanimously in both houses after the president had language softened to avoid poking the bear. Luckily for Kerry, Obama still has the last word.