Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Obama calls Russia a 'regional power', says US doesn't need to invade neighbors

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Russia a "regional power" and said it had become involved in Ukraine out of weakness, not strength.

"Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbours, not out of strength but out of weakness," Obama said after a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.

"We (the US) have considerable influence on our neighbours. We generally don't need to invade them in order to have a strong cooperative relationship with them," he said. He added that Russia is not the number one US national security threat and that he is more concerned about the possibility of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan. 



  1. Ukraine: Obama says Russia 'acting out of weakness' ...

    US President Barack Obama has said Russia is acting "not out of strength, but out of weakness" in Ukraine.

    He also warned of the possibility of further sanctions against Russia if it encroached further into Ukraine.

    Speaking in The Hague, Mr Obama said he was encouraged by the willingness of EU countries to consider sanctions that could possibly hurt them as well............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26738347

  2. Obama admits Crimea lost to Russia...

    US President Barack Obama acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that Russia is unlikely to surrender control of Crimea, conceding that Western condemnations have had little effect on President Vladimir Putin.

    Obama insisted that the international community would never recognise Russia’s takeover of Crimea. But he and European leaders, gathering in the Netherlands for a two-day nuclear summit, said a military response against Moscow was unlikely.

    The leaders focused much of their attention on keeping Russia from expanding elsewhere in Ukraine, even if that means enacting broad sanctions that have negative implications for their own economies. “Some particular sanctions would hurt some countries more than others,” Obama said during a joint news conference with the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte. “But all of us recognise that we have to stand up for a core principle that lies at the heart of the international order.”

    The president spoke a day after the US and its partners in the Group of Seven (G-7) economic forum declared that they were indefinitely suspending cooperation with Russia, thereby discontinuing the Group of Eight or G-8. The leaders also said they were prepared to impose sanctions on key sectors of the Russian economy, including its energy and defence industries................http://www.france24.com/en/20140325-ukraine-obama-russia-crimea-lost-russia/


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