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Obama warns Russia over military moves in Crimea

Published: Fri, February 28, 2014 @ 8:28 p.m.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea today and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin's iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama bluntly warned Moscow "there will be costs" if it intervenes militarily.

The sudden arrival of men in military uniforms patrolling key strategic facilities prompted Ukraine to accuse Russia of a "military invasion and occupation" — a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis.

In a hastily arranged statement delivered from the White House, Obama called on Russia to respect the independence and territory of Ukraine and not try to take advantage of its neighbor, which is undergoing political upheaval.

"Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing," Obama said.

Such action by Russia would not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, Russia or Europe, Obama said, and would represent a "profound interference" in matters he said must be decided by the Ukrainian people.

"Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, that would invite the condemnation of nations around the world," Obama said. "The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."

He did not say what those costs might be.


1AtownAugie(823 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Putin, you better watch out! Our community organizer might set up a focus group and, well ... well ... *then* you'll be sorry, Vlad!

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2DSquared(1564 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Putin must be poopin' in his pants, now that the Obamanator has put his foot down!

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3andersonathan(682 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

What next Obama saying the fifth ring not opening in the Olympics was a code sign to start all this?
Obama has no Muslim Brotherhood to support here, so had better sit down and shut his pie hole because he is out of his league here.

And I am not sure which is worse me choosing a side of a Russian KGB Old School Iron Fist type guy over the United States President comments or the fact that The US President is truly this weak that it makes Putin look this good.

Snowden/Putin 2016 Vote for truth and power think about it

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