President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Friday. Obama warned Russia "there will be costs" for any military intervention in Ukraine. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 5:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Friday over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned "there will be costs" for any intervention.
He did not say what those costs might be.
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 in a statement delivered from the White House. 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."
As Obama prepared to speak, a spokesman for the Ukrainian border service said eight Russian transport planes had landed with unknown cargo in Crimea, a pro-Russian region of southern Ukraine. Serhiy Astakhov told The Associated Press that the Il-76 planes arrived unexpectedly Friday and were given permission to land, one after the other, at Gvardeiskoye air base, north of the regional capital, Simferopol.
Astakhov said the people in the planes refused to identify themselves and waved off customs officials.
Obama noted that Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, including cultural and economic ties and a Russian military facility in Crimea.
In recent conversations between U.S. and Russian officials, including a lengthy telephone conversation between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin just last week, Obama said the U.S. has made clear to the Russians that they can be part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of Ukraine.
But, he said Friday, "we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine."
Posted By: PQW On: 3/4/2014
Title: No peace in the East
Never has been and there will never be.
Posted By: magedelhadedy On: 3/2/2014
Title: The world and the U.S. role
Now Obama warns Russia and crawling towards Iran but is this policy that awaits the world from America, where peace efforts advocated and promoted by America Why extinct U.S. role in bridging the gap in the world and why extinct U.S. role after the war on Iraq, Libya, and why is not doing America to intervene with Israel to solve Palestinian problem , why does not interfere America weigh international to stop the drain of Iraqi blood Is shrank America and became a lion Oliva Aroadh the owners of the circus in that case, and after these questions tasted America a taste of terrorism and Walthmha in 2011 than the latest tragedy in the hearts of Americans , but America fought terrorism in all its forms has become a supportive his help itself and its ally in Tel Aviv, not only to help others become the Arab peoples and non- Asian and confident in the policy of the United States and became a U.S. policy in the world look beautiful lie behind smiles Almaifah