- Iran to Receive Another $550 Million Cash Infusion - Washington Free Beacon March 7, 2014Iran is scheduled to receive another $550 million in unfrozen assets from the Obama administration on Friday, just days after Tehran unveiled a slew of new weapons and advanced ballistic missiles.
- U.S. tasks Navy destroyer to Black Sea amid Ukraine tensions - Washington Times March 7, 2014The United States has ordered a dozen F-16 fighter gets to Poland and a guided-missile destroyer to the Black Sea in moves that are being billed as "scheduled" deployments -- but that nonetheless come amid heightening tensions in the region, from Russia-Crimea relations.
- EU slaps initial sanctions on Russia - AP March 7, 2014The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement Thursday in response to its military incursion into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, threatening tougher sanctions unless Moscow swiftly defuses the crisis.
- Ukraine PM: Crimea 'was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine' - CNN March 7, 2014Moscow has denounced the events that led to Yanukovych's ouster as an illegitimate coup and has refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, putting the two countries on a collision course over control of the Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea that has long ties to Russia and has thousands of Russian troops stationed there.
- Ukraine threatens secession, White House imposes sanctions - USA Today March 6, 2014The White House is imposing visa restrictions on Russians and Crimeans after Crimea's pro-Russia administration announced a March 16 referendum on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.