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Americans of German descent should show support for NATO and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

John Presco

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46386160

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put the blame for the recent naval confrontation between Ukraine and Russia off Crimea squarely on Moscow.

She said it was “entirely the doing” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and promised to raise the issue with him.

On Sunday Russia fired on Ukrainian ships sailing towards the Sea of Azov – which is shared between the two countries – and seized their crews.

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the area.

President Putin accused him of creating the naval “provocation” to boost his ratings ahead of Ukraine’s 2019 elections.

President Poroshenko has implemented martial law across Ukraine’s border regions for 30 days in response to the crisis.

On Thursday he announced that Russians living in Ukraine would soon face restrictions on bank withdrawals, changing foreign currency and travelling abroad.

What happened off Crimea?

The incident happened on Sunday, when two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug were sailing in the Black Sea towards the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov – which is shared between Russia and Ukraine.

BUENOS AIRES — President Trump was headed to Argentina on Thursday to meet with fellow world leaders after a stinging setback from his own country’s legislature over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. A large majority of the Senate has pushed back against the president’s defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is suspected of ordering the murder.

The Republican-led Senate voted 63 to 37 on Wednesday to advance legislation which would end the U.S. military’s support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Even the president’s close ally Sen. Lindsey Graham voted in favor, saying he changed his mind on the legislation, “because I’m pissed.”

“The way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia event is just not acceptable,” Graham added, saying top administration officials’ explanations thus far, did “not help me at all better understand the role” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played in the operation to kill Khashoggi.

As CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports from the Argentine capital, Mr. Trump was arriving at the summit on Thursday facing a range of challenges — both in Buenos Aires, and at home.

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