Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stern warning to Russia Thursday evening to take concrete measures to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine or face further sanctions.
Kerry said in a briefing, "If Russia continues in this direction, it won’t just be a grave mistake, it will be an expensive mistake. The window to change course is closing."
Kerry praised the Ukrainian government for taking immediate action to improve security and find political solutions to the crisis threatening that country’s sovereignty.
But he emphasized that unless both sides refrain from violence, intimidation and other provocative actions, the crisis will only escalate.
Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. ambassador to Japan, says she would support Hillary Clinton if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency in 2016, and she hopes Clinton decides to run. Kennedy and her late uncle, former Senator Ted Kennedy, endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 rather than Clinton, a significant move in that closely contested campaign. Kennedy said in series of media interviews aired on Thursday that she hopes Clinton will seek to run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
The Election Commission is scrutinising the images and tapes of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's speech at a public rally, alleging that the transfer list of 23 officials was drawn up the at the Delhi residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, an official said Thursday. The state government was compelled to carry out the Election Commission's directive to remove 23 officials from election duty Wednesday, while the chief minister continued to cry foul and allege conspiracy by the Congress.