Obama says must send message to Russia to stop destabilizing Ukraine

KUALA LUMPUR Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:51am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama talks next to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as they both participate in a news press conference at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama talks next to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as they both participate in a news press conference at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya, April 27, 2014.

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Sunday it was necessary to send a message to Russia that its "destabilizing" actions in eastern and southern Ukraine must stop, as the United States and its European partners prepared to impose new sanctions on Moscow.

Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Malaysia, Obama said any decision on whether to slap "sectoral" sanctions on the Russian economy at a later time would depend on whether the United States and its allies could find a unified position on how to proceed.

The next round of sanctions, which could be unveiled as early as Monday, are expected to target Russian individuals and entities but are not likely to directly hit sectors of the Russian economy such as energy, which would also hurt the Europeans.

"We're going to be in a stronger position to deter Mr Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified rather than this is just a U.S.-Russian conflict," Obama told reporters.

He said Russia had not "lifted a finger" to get pro-Russian separatist rebels in Ukraine to comply with an international agreement to defuse the crisis.

"In fact, there's strong evidence that they've been encouraging the activities in eastern and southern Ukraine," he said.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Comments (4)
unionwv wrote:
“Obama: Myanmar won’t succeed if Muslims are oppressed” – Reuters.

But, we’ve not heard Obama preaching to Ukraine about the prospects for its success if ethnic Russians are oppressed.

Apr 27, 2014 8:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:
“In fact, there’s strong evidence that they’ve been encouraging the activities in eastern and southern Ukraine,” – Obama

Ah, ‘evidence’. Well let’s see it then. More photo’s of men with beards, hehe? Have yet to see a single article on CNN on the fact that every Israeli embassy on the planet has been closed for the first time in history.

Apr 27, 2014 9:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
stambo… the Israeli embassy strike was over a month ago…

Apr 27, 2014 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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