8:47 AM, May 11, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the State Department announced today. They are expected to discuss Iran, Syria, and Ukraine.
"Secretary of State John Kerry will travel on May 11 to Sochi, Russia, where he will meet with President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and other Russian officials on May 12 to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues, including Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. This trip is part of our ongoing effort to maintain direct lines of communication with senior Russian officials and to ensure U.S. views are clearly conveyed," the State Department announced.
Then Kerry is off to Turkey. "Secretary Kerry will then travel to Antalya, Turkey, to consult with Allies and partners gathered for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on May 13.
"The Secretary will return to Washington to join the President’s dinner with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders that evening."
4:00 PM, Mar 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The G-7 will not be meeting in Sochi this summer, according to a statement just released by the seven-nation group. "This Group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit," reads the statement.
Here's the full statement:
2:30 PM, Feb 8, 2014 • By ALGIS VALIUNAS
Mr. Vladimir Putin intends that the current Olympic games be forever stamped with his glory. Sochi is being protected by a “Ring of Steel.” Thus has spoken Russia’s current Man of Steel, who sees himself as the rightful descendant of the original, although Mr.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on the week that was, Obamacare, the Sochi Olympics, immigration reform and the 2014 election cycle.
12:03 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about security at the Olympics. He said he wasn't too concerned, but then brought up the Boston Marathon.
"Well, obviously, people have heard about the events that took place in Russia previously. And there’s been a lot of chatter about security and it’s a concern, but it’s not something – I mean, if somebody said to me, 'I’m thinking of going to the Olympics,' I’d say, 'Go and have a terrific time,'" Kerry told Al Koken of Comcast SportsNet in an interview.
10:22 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says Sochi is a "very bad choice to have the Olympics":
12:22 PM, Feb 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Sochi Olympics are busy setting some sort of record for glitches and one of them has attracted the attentions of the indefatigable Senator Charles Schumer who is perturbed by the Russian’s unwillingness to allow the importation of yogurt.
7:18 AM, Feb 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network:
6:08 PM, Feb 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House press secretary says in a statement that President Obama met with his national security team today in the Situation Room to discuss security at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
3:22 PM, Jan 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Olympics – ancient and modern divisions – were intended to be celebrations where men laid down their arms and engaged in competitions that did not end with bodies strewn across the landscape. The intentions were noble but the games – especially those of today – were inevitably corrupted by the usual things. Politics, avarice, commercialism, drugs …
5:21 PM, Jan 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House released this readout of a phone call between President Obama and President Putin of Russia today:
11:11 AM, Jan 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If the human interest bits on how one of the athletes in the curling competition overcame a childhood trauma of one sort or another, the over-the-top heraldic music, and the supercharged commentary were not enough to get you to skip the Olympics – or at least watch it via DVR – then this ought to chase you away:
A sign of strength or of weakness?Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By CATHY YOUNG
As the winter holidays approached, the beleaguered Russian opposition had a rare occasion to celebrate: Russia’s three best-known political prisoners were unexpectedly granted their freedom. On December 20, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon whose arrest a decade ago escalated Vladimir Putin’s war on independent politics in Russia, received a presidential pardon and was flown to Germany, where his mother is undergoing cancer treatment.
5:25 PM, Dec 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be skipping the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. So will Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden.
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