Ukraine is ready to push for more sanctions against Russia, President Petro Poroshenko told CNN’s Richard Quest.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos before a meeting between Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday, Poroshenko said there was no room for negotiation.
"Everything was agreed and signed in Minsk," he said, referring to a pact signed in September with the aim of halting the conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian rebels.
Ukraine expects Russia to present a plan for implementing the agreement, which calls for an immediate ceasefire, freeing of any hostages, and the withdrawal of armed groups and military equipment from Ukrainian territory.
"The purpose of sanctions is not to hurt Russia. The purpose of sanctions is just to keep Russia to be responsible."
CNN NAMED ‘CABLE & SATELLITE CHANNEL OF THE YEAR’ PLUS ‘CABLE & SATELLITE NETWORK OF THE YEAR’ AT 2014 ASIAN TV AWARDS
CNN also wins Best News Program, Best Current Affairs Presenter and Best Documentary Series
CNN International’s editorial leadership and strength was recognized at last night’s 2014 Asian Television Awards in Singapore, with the network dominating the evening winning five awards.
For the second consecutive year, the network clinched the coveted ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ title, and was also named ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’. CNN also won ‘Best News Program’, ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ and ‘Best Documentary Series’ at the ceremony.
The Best News Program title went to CNN flagship program News Stream. Hosted by CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, News Stream is a daily hard-news show that uses technology and social media to give viewers a deeper understanding of the day’s top stories.
Kristie Lu Stout was also awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter. The anchor and correspondent is among the network’s most popular Asia-based faces, and also fronts CNN’s monthly On China show. Lu Stout has also led coverage of major breaking news stories for CNN, most recently covering the ‘Umbrella Movement’ pro-democracy protests from the heart of Hong Kong. This is the second Asian Television Award for Lu Stout during her 14 years with CNN International.
A CNN team comprised of senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn), producer Raja Razek and cameraman Scott McWhinnie gained exclusive access to the front lines in Kobani, Syria.
Escorted by female Kurdish fighters, Walsh and his team witnessed firsthand the intensity of the battle with ISIS, particularly on the eastern front.
CNN celebrated three wins at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards, hosted at the LSO St Luke’s in London on Wednesday night.
For the second year running, CNN was awarded the prize for best ‘Live Television Journalism’, this time for its reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
CNN also won in the 'Short News Report’ category for its coverage of a shooting which took place during clashes between Ukrainian security forces and protestors in Kiev’s Independence Square.
The climax of the evening, however, was the naming of Richard Quest as the 'Television Personality of the Year.' Quest, whose dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting, was at the ceremony to personally receive the award. FULL POST
Global independent study reaffirms CNN’s #1 position in TV and digital across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America
The latest IPSOS Affluent Global survey reaffirms CNN as the leading international news brand, reaching an unrivaled four out of 10 upscale consumers and decision-makers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This huge scale of an affluent international audience is larger than all news competitors in every metric across TV and digital platforms.
“In what has been an incredible period for global news, CNN's journalists have been ahead of the competition in reporting a long run of remarkable stories,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “These figures show that in all corners of the globe people are coming to CNN more than any other news organization to understand important stories that are defining and shaping our world. This is a huge endorsement from our worldwide audience that when CNN goes there, the eyes of the world follow.” FULL POST
CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Barham Salih, former prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan and former deputy prime minister of Iraq, about the strength of ISIS, the role the Peshmerga could play in fighting ISIS, and the prospects for Kurdish independence.
Salih on the Iraqi army: “At the end of the day, the military needs to be a professional institution, the type of leadership that we have had in Iraq over the past few years has politicized the army, has divided the army on sectarian lines and simply was not able to stand up to the challenge.”
Salih on the Peshmerga’s fight against ISIS: “Kurdistan has emerged as the most reliable partner of the international coalition in the fight against ISIS.”
Salih on Kurdish Independence: “Every Kurd wants independence. That's a - that's a reality of it. But I genuinely do believe that the Kurds will be the ones who will have least problem with a united Iraq, a decent Iraq. To date, the Kurds want Iraq to succeed, a democratic federal Iraq will be good for the Kurds and we want to be partners in making Iraq a success.”
A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
CNN correspondent Nima Elbagir (@nimacnn) visits Thomas Eric Duncan's neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia where he contracted the Ebola virus.
While there, she speaks to the leader of a local Ebola task force, who says they suspect Duncan came in contact with almost 100 people before departing for the U.S.
Duncan is currently in critical condition in a Texas hospital.
"Do you hear the people sing?" The full-throated roar of many, many young people in Hong Kong demanding democracy:
An example of how the pro-democracy sit-in is affecting daily life in Hong Kong:
In a CNN Exclusive, an ISIS fighter tells Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) that U.S. airstrikes are not effective.
As former U.S. President Bill Clinton prepares for the 2014 annual meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Fareed Zakaria spoke with him about the recent plans announced by President Barack Obama on the U.S. contributions to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and what he feels the U.S. should do about the terrorist group ISIS.
The wide-ranging interview will air inside the Sunday, Sept. 21st edition of CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.
Fareed Zakaria GPS Airtimes Sunday Sept. 21, 2014
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CNN International: 3:00p.m.
CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.
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