Russian soldiers prepare to fire their Msta-S self-propelled howitzer during military exercises in the southern Russia's Volgograd region, on April 2, 2014. Russian troops deployed close to the Ukrainian border will return to base after completing their exercises, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today. NATO said yesterday it had stepped back from a floated idea to reinforce the alliance's military presence in countries bordering Russia, preferring for now to suspend cooperation with Moscow and give more time to talks.
The situation remains tense in Ukraine. NATO says tens of thousands of Russian troops have amassed near the border. And this week, US lawmakers sent President Obama a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia and providing aid for Ukraine.
We're joined by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who recently traveled to Ukraine as part of a congressional delegation trip.