Obama rules out US military involvement in Ukraine

Barack Obama

The US will not get involved in a “military excursion” in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said, stressing that Washington will pursue diplomatic means in the standoff with Russia over Crimea.

“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” Obama told San Diego’s KNSD TV.

“There is a better path, but I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge that for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine either.”

Obama’s comments came as the UN Security Council meeting wrapped up in New York, where Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin stressed that Russia is open to dialogue.

Churkin noted that the crisis in Ukraine began when political figures and international partners forced the country into making an artificial choice between the EU and Russia. He added that Western states still do not feel discomfort placing bets on individuals who are not ready to listen to the Ukrainian people as a whole.

At the same time, Churkin told US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to stop insulting Russia if Washington wants to see Russia’s future cooperation in the UN Security Council. During her speech, Power accused Russia of illegally annexing Crimea.

Power “dropped to the level of the tabloid press…it is simply unacceptable to listen to these insults addressed to our country,” he said.

While speaking abut the Crimean referendum, Churkin said that a historic injustice has been righted. “The people of Crimea made their choice, and this choice must be respected.”

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