Thousands of Russian troops are poised along Ukraine's border as Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet in Paris, seeking to defuse the crisis. To many, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have the upper hand.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that his country has 'no intention' of invading eastern Ukraine. But Lavrov added that Russia was ready to protect the rights of Russian speakers in Ukraine.
As President Obama meets with the Saudi king in Riyadh Friday, he is almost certain to discuss the Ukraine crisis and how to respond. Could the US and Saudi Arabia coordinate a release of oil that would punish Russia's energy-dominated economy?