White House watching Russian troop movements with skepticism
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 02:19
March 21 - U.S. National Security adviser Susan Rice says the U.S. is reconsidering its relationship with Russia based on recent actions by President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Friday (March 21) the United States is skeptical of Russian assurances that troop movements on the Ukraine border are no more than military exercises.
"We have indeed been taking note of developments along Ukraine's border, including the Russian border," Rice told reporters.
"The Russians have stated that they are intending military exercises," she added. "Obviously, given their past practice and the gap between what they have said and what they have done, we are watching it with skepticism."
Rice also said the Obama administration was undertaking an assessment of its relationship with Russia, saying that diplomatic relations had move a long way from the early month of the Obama presidency when Washington sought a "reset" of its occasionally strained engagement with Moscow.
"That was predicated on an expectation that Russia would play by the rules of the road, the economic and security rules of the road, international law, and the norms and principles that govern responsible international action," Rice said.
"You saw a stark example of that or demonstration of that in the UN Security Council last weekend where Russia was alone, even without China, in insisting that its actions in -- in Ukraine had any international legitimacy. The rest of the world has said absolutely clearly that they reject and will never accept the annexation of Crimea, that this is an act that is in blatant violation of international laws and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and it will have consequences, and it already has," Rice said.
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