Obama Delivers a Powerful Warning To Russia To Stay Out of Ukraine


President Obama issued a strong warning to Vladimir Putin today that any military intervention in Ukraine will come at a cost.



PRESIDENT OBAMA: Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.

I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.

However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.

It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violence of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.

The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.

There is no doubt that the international community will not stand by and let Russia defy the will of the Ukrainian people, and restore Yanukovich back to power.

Putin already views the conflict in Cold War terms. He is trying to keep Europe out of what he views as his backyard. President Obama’s statement was significant because it demonstrated that the United States is not going to look the other way while Putin crushes what he must view as a rebellion in “his territory.”

To anyone who grew up in the Cold War era, what is happening in the Ukraine has a very familiar ring to it. It would be morally wrong, and an epic foreign policy blunder if the United States was not supporting the will of the majority in Ukraine right now.

The practical problem is that Ukraine remains divided. A sizable segment of the country wants to hitch their economic wagons to Russia, while the rest of the country wants to economically align with Europe. It is a conflict with no simple solution. In this context, the president is hitting the right notes by balancing between caution and a defense of democratic

The media will try to sell this story as a test of President Obama’s leadership, but it much more than that. It is a test of our values. One of the reasons that President Obama was elected was because he represented a return to foreign policy normalcy after the make it up as they went along Bush years. President Obama must continue to represent the kind of foreign policy that most war fatigued Americans want to have.

Putin is trying to crush the self-determination of the Ukrainian people, and with his remarks today, President Obama let it be known that the United States and the world won’t stand idly by and let that happen.

11 Replies to “Obama Delivers a Powerful Warning To Russia To Stay Out of Ukraine”

  1. I applaud the President for doing the right thing and keeping an eye out for the people in Ukraine. It would be an even bigger blunder to send troops out there, so a peaceful solution can be found.

    Speaking of which: Why not split the nation in half? The half that wants to be sided with the EU can have their half of the country and the half that sides with Russia can have their half.

  2. Lol…so obama is not making his foreign policy up as he goes along but bush was? Is Obama’s foriegn policy siding with the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt only to have the people rise up again and let the military take over? Obama’s problem is that our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us.

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  5. We can huff and puff, but it’s all bluff. Reality is that there isn’t anything we can do if Putin wants the bad publicity – because that will be the only downside for him.

    Remember the flap in Georgia a few years ago? We screamed and wailed and it went absolutely nowhere. This isn’t any different.

  6. You left out the third group. The ones the US actually put in charge, the Ukranian neo-nazis who don’t give a crap about the other two groups but have already declared their intent to seek a purification of the whole of Europe, from the leaders own mouth, whilst spouting that the Liberal Socialist are there greatest enemies and will be eliminated first.

  7. Great stuff

    Liberal socialists. Totally hilarious! You dont even know the difference do you? Can you say polly wants a cracker?

  8. Are you kidding? The Bush years were not successful on the international stage at all.

    As a matter of fact, they were much worse. Our allies couldn’t stand us and our enemies weren’t afraid of us. The Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars weren’t exactly slam-dunks, you know. It’s so easy to bomb and invade a country, but nation-building (which is something our military was not designed to do) is where we got our asses kicked!

    Sorry, dude, but the “shoot-first ask questions later” policy of the Bush Administration didn’t work either. It got us into debt and started a war on false pretenses.

    And I hate to burst your burst, but a lot of foreign policy is making it up as you’re going along because you can’t completely control the behavior of other countries (even if you invade them). Many times, you have to observe what an country does before you take action. Even the first Bush knew this!!! Too bad his son didn’t have a freakin’ clue.

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