In an interview today with KNSD, President Obama ruled out any “military excursion” into the Ukraine or any attack on Russia over the nation’s annexation of Crimea, saying it “would not be appropriate.”
Obama went on to say “we do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia,” and that a war would “not be good for Ukraine either.” Rather, he said the focus was on building an international coalition to “send a clear message” to Russia.
Obama also promised “disruptive economic actions” against Russia, saying he believes the annexation of Crimea is a sign of President Putin’s “weakness” and desperation to stop neighbors getting closer to the West.
Russia has been harshly critical of the US and other NATO nations for backing the violent protests that led to regime change in Ukraine, and insists that it is protecting the ethnic Russian majority in Crimea by allowing them to hold a weekend referendum which backed accession into the Russian Federation.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump Wants High-Profile Meeting With Putin at G20 Summit - June 26th, 2017
- House Spending Bill Threatens to Suspend Nuclear Treaty With Russia - June 26th, 2017
- Bahrain Accuses Qatar of Seeking 'Military Escalation' - June 26th, 2017
- White House Appears to Be Planning Attack on Assad - June 26th, 2017
- Top Senator Blocks Gulf Arms Sales Over Qatar Crisis - June 26th, 2017