EU Meets to Discuss Strong Sanctions Against Russia
After having taken a softer stand on sanctions against Russia than the U.S. would have liked, Europe is considering further oil, gas, defense and financial penalties. European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to consider options. According to a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron, they may look at specific sanctions against the Russian government over Moscow’s alleged role in the loss of Malaysia Airways flight MH-17. Vladmir Putin’s government is, of course, denying any involvement in the incident at all and decrying the stronger sanctions already imposed by the US. ABC News correspondent Tom Rivers will join us at 6:25.
President Obama Addresses Ukraine Situation and Israeli Conflict, White House Says Border Problem Quieting Down
With two major foreign policy issues bubbling over the pot, President Obama took take to address both from outside the White House on Monday. On Ukraine, he called for international investigators to have “immediate and full access” to the site where the passenger jet was shot down last week. On Israel, perhaps a stickier issue, the president indicated his support for Israel’s right to defend itself, but also expressed “deep concern” for the mounting casualties. He then ordered $47 million in aid to Gaza. Domestically, the White House says the amount of unaccompanied minors entering has dropped dramatically, but that didn’t stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry from ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. ABC News correspondent Ann Compton will join us at 7:10 to discuss.
Black Boxes Delivers and Finally, The Bodies of Crash Victims on the Way to Dutch Authorities
The Malaysian Prime Minister said on Monday that the leader of the pro-Russian rebels had agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators who are in Ukraine. It happened late Monday night. Najib Razak also said that the remains of 282 of the crash victims are being moved by train from Torez to the town of Kharkiv, where they will be handed over to Dutch authorities. The Prime Minister also said that as part of an agreement he reached with rebel leader Alexander Borodai Monday night, independent international investigators will be given “safe access” to the crash site. ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky will join us at 7:55.
Truce Elusive as Hamas, Israel Stick to Positions
The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged to keep fighting “as long as necessary” — raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday to launch a new push to end the conflict. Meanwhile, cross-border fighting continued unabated, with Israeli strikes leaving entire families buried under rubble and Hamas militants firing more than 50 rockets and trying to sneak into Israel through two tunnels, the latest in a series of such attempts. ABC News correspondent Jordana Miller will join us at 8:35.
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