The worsening crises in Ukraine and the breakdown of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will dominate discussions on the Sunday talk shows.
WASHINGTON — The worsening crisis in Ukraine and the breakdown of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials will dominate discussions on the Sunday talk shows.
The United States and other members of the Group of Seven countries have announced plans to impose sanctions against Russia as early as Monday, citing the Kremlin's continued support of separatist actions in Ukraine. The deepening crisis in Ukraine and other international events have intruded into President Obama's four-nation Asia tour, which took him to Malaysia on Saturday for talks on trade and security.
In the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended already-faltering peace talks after the leadership of the Palestinian Authority announced plans to reconcile with Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
Also expect a bit of 2016 presidential speculation Sunday. Two potential White House candidates are taking to the airwaves to promote new books, and a third discusses state government policies and the National Rifle Association.
Here's the Sunday lineup:
• CBS' Face the Nation will talk with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the continuing crisis in Ukraine. Netanyahu will discuss the collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will discuss her push to end sexual assaults on college campuses. Those efforts come amid growing concern about campus safety. Former senator Rick Santorum, a 2012 candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, will preview his new book, Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works.
• NBC's Meet the Press will talk exclusively with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about Ukraine and Obama's potential next moves in the region. Blair also will discuss Islamic extremism, which he believes is the world's greatest threat. The Ukraine crisis also will be front and center of the discussion with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Theoretical physicist and author Michio Kaku, meanwhile, will offer his insights into new research on the brain's capabilities.
• ABC's This Week will have new Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on air for his first network interview to talk about security issues and immigration policy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will talk about her new book, A Fighting Chance, chronicling her journey from Harvard professor to champion of progressive causes in the U.S. Senate. Liberal activists have implored her to seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016.
• Fox News Sunday will interview another potential White House candidate, Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who delivered a major foreign policy speech in Berlin earlier this month and addressed gun-rights supporters Friday at the annual gathering of the National Rifle Association.
• CNN's State of the Union also will feature discussions of international hot spots. Netanyahu will discuss the obstacles to negotiations with the Palestinians, and two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., will discuss Ukraine, the Middle East and Obama's Asian swing, where he has so far failed to resolve sticking points in the effort to craft a regional trade pact.