Obama Warns Russia About Ukraine Intervention

'There will be will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine'

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President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to the Russian government Friday afternoon amid reports that Russian military forces have taken positions in the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Delivering a hastily prepared statement to reporters, Obama said the U.S. is “deeply concerned” by the Russian troop movements in the majority ethnic-Russian peninsula. “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming there will be will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” he said.

The Russian military action comes days after ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia following months of protests and government crackdowns that turned violent. Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden, the Administration’s point person on Ukraine, spoke with newly selected Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to express the U.S. government’s support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

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“Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia or Europe,” Obama said. “It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws.”

Although Obama vowed consequences for Russian aggression, he has limited means of pressuring President Vladimir Putin, whose cooperation he badly needs on other issues, including Iran’s nuclear program and the Syrian civil war.

Obama’s comments follow warnings by Secretary of State John Kerry and national-security adviser Susan Rice that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be making a “grave mistake” by intervening in Ukraine. Those officials never specified what penalties Russia might face, perhaps because U.S. options are so limited: America has few direct economic ties to Russia. Moscow can use its U.N. Security Council seat to veto any U.N. resolution that might seek to condemn or punish its actions. And the prospect of a U.S. military involvement is virtually unimaginable.

186 comments
MaxiC
MaxiC

Why do not you want to see that in Ukraine fascist putsch? Why you do not care about dead people? West dragging Ukraine into the abyss. Ukraine is already bankrupt. Tomorrow will begin in Ukraine famine and people will kill and rob each other. You will be satisfied? How many Ukrainian refugees took zapadngaya Europe? Russia has taken about 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. What humanitarian aid has Western Europe Ukraine? Russia already carries food in Ukraine. Now in Ukraine will not pensions. Are you satisfied? Is honest and decent people seized power in Kiev? Can not you see Nazi symbols and portraits of Bandera-Nazi.  Because you russophobia pleasant. Like when they beat and humiliated Russian people. Ukrainian fascists beat not only lish population. In Kiev burned two synagogues. In Kiev, rob and kill ..... but you do not see it. Are you blind? Southeast Ukrrainy chanting RUSSIA! RUSSIA! You did not hear? Are you deaf?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q8j4mFM2Ав

It does not start yesterday . It was always in the Crimea.
 "Sevastopol will remain Russian ."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAgrbxU_e_g

nugroho2
nugroho2

Ask the people first. Are you ready for a nuclear war ? then warn Putin. Not the other way round.

Omega
Omega

Obama should send Putin rainbow drawings from children and unicorns.  Do they have unicorns?  Stop being mean.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Putin must be spending a lot of nights, tossing and turning over the latest warning from the Idiot. It is enough to scare the living hell out of him. Take that you evil Russki.

KevinWern
KevinWern

Right mantis where are they????  I will tell you, still walking around in Libya free as a bird thats where.

KevinWern
KevinWern

He don't care???  May i ask you did he care about 4 american's that died in Benghazi hell no,so why would he care about this . 

ahandout
ahandout

So, Palin was right about Russia and Biden has never been right about anything. Check.

lollmann
lollmann

Ukranians are broke.  They borrowed a lot of money and the Russian backed former government stole it all.

Why don't the Ukranians sell  Crimea and maybe some other provinces to Russia for maybe $100 Billion.

Then everyone is happy.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout As opposed to Bush first falling in love with Putin and the alienating him by attempting yo put missiles in his back yard?

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@ReneDemonteverde  

Nah.  You tell Putin what he should be scared of, and then put your plan into action.  I'll bet Putin would be quaking in his boots.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde He got really scared when we had troops training with the Georgia army the month before Georgia fired on Russian peace keepers in 2008 and got invaded.

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@KevinWern  

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi … 

keep repeating that: it's the panacea for everything.  It will allow you to find the nonexistent WMDs that caused the deaths of 4500 Americans (but, of course, Americans killed by Republicans don't count, only those killed by native gangs in other  countries during Democratic administrations).  

Maybe if you keep harping on Benghazi for 20 or 30 more years, it'll earn a footnote in some history book somewhere as an example of right wing lunacy.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@KevinWern May I ask you about the hundreds of US contractors that died in Iraq. Who we don't even know about since they weren't included in the casualty numbers.

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

@Alexandr  

Right wing fascists overwhelming a democratically elected government are the aggressors.

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

@ahandout  

Yes. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of Ukrainskie , Palin Revere will ring those bells, while riding a caribou to warn the Ukrainskies, Freedom!


Or some other piffle her ghost writer came up with that day.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Right about what that Putin is a bad man? The only one who believed otherwise was Bush.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout A yes John Bolton a Chicken Hawks Chicken Hawk. This nut makes McCain look like a dove.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@lollmann  What makes you think we are not broke ? We might as well sell California to the Chinese too to cover our debt to them and if not enough might as well sell New York also

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DavidStrayer @ReneDemonteverde  I did, still waiting for his response.  I know I got his panties tied up in wads.Will keep you posted.

KevinWern
KevinWern

@DavidStrayer @KevinWern  How many have died under Obama watch in Afghanistan, no daily body count their.  May i say. And by the way we know where the WMD'S are at in SYRIA . And don't say they are not the one's. How's that Red Line doing there by the way.   Just remember pal 85% or more voted to go in to Iraq to. Sounds like your facts are off just a little pal.   

Alexandr
Alexandr

@StanleyCupp @Alexandr  Right wing creeds are not necessarily fascist. Young people who wants better future for Ukraine overthrewed crime Yanukovitch.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@StanleyCupp @ahandout  She was right on that. Paul Revere did warn the British. How could even people treat you libturds with respect when you resort to smearing lies and insults to others in a discussion if you have no answer. Palin has more intelligence in her little finger that that Idiot you call your President and more accomplishments that that empty hag of a woman, Hillary. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  You would not stand a chance in a debate with Bolton Mantis. You and the other libturds who knows all the problems but none of the solutions. That is what you are good at. Whining.

lollmann
lollmann

@ReneDemonteverde @lollmann  We are not broke.  Everyone wants to lend us money for we are quite capable of paying our debts.  Right wing predictions to the contrary seem never to pan out.


It was Russia that sold us Alaska, France that sold us Louisiana and Mexico that sold us southern AZ and NM.  So there is precident.  We do not have provinces wanting to split off and join Canada or Mexico. Even Texas and South Carolina won't go that far.  Ukraine does, and no one wants to lend them money anymore.   Why does this thought irritate you so, Rene?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 @ReneDemonteverde  Who are you to decide, Mantis ? Dont you think it is better left to people elected to office to do just that or you consider yourself much more wiser than them. Otherwise you do not belong here ranting about your frustrations. You should be in the NSA or any related department.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandoutSeriously, your site has no less than four articles on how the US has bankrolled neo-nazis in the Ukraine and ONE one fluoride in water.  HAW HAW HAW

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@ReneDemonteverde @mantisdragon91  

John Kerry was a decorated soldier.  He fought in a stupid war that was the product of just the type of "world is ours to control" nonsense that the neocons are always spouting.  

A lot of chicken hawks and armchair generals are good at sending other people and other people's children to die in criminal actions and poorly planned misadventures.

Thinking sometimes is useful, instead of spouting meaningless one-liners.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ReneDemonteverde @mantisdragon91Loyalty means not letting us get involved in useless wars. Perhaps if you served you wouldn't be so casual with the lives of our men. Same goes for the GOP Chicken Hawk brigade.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91  For being a veteran of the Gulf War, you sure showed a lot strange loyalty to your country Mantis. Just like John Kerry.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91

As well as can be expected considering the circumstance. You didn't really think that Russia was just going to hand over one of their premier naval bases to an unelected government with many neo-nazi ties? But I'm all ears, what would you and the great John Bolton do differently?

Alexandr
Alexandr

@lollmann  Alaska wasn't Russian native territory. Louisiana wasn't France native territory. It was colonies. Ukraine has no colonies. All territory is native

ahandout
ahandout

@lollmann Not everyone wants to, or is even able to lend us money.  Most of our allies are debtor nations also.  Try China.

When interest rate rise to 6%, it will cost us a trillion per year in interest only on the debt that we owe.  If there is a spike in interest rates, like in the 1970s and 80s, you can double or triple that.  That will truly be a financial disaster.  Do you think China is going to forgive our debt?