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  1. Good morning, everybody.
  2. In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard,
  3. we have been guided by a fundamental principle.
  4. The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine.
  5. That means Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected
  6. and international law must be upheld.
  7. And so, Russia's decision's to send troops into Crimea has rightly drawn global condemnation.
  8. From the start, the United States have mobilized international community in support of Ukraine.
  9. To isolate Russia for its actions and reassure our allies and partners.
  10. We saw this international unity again over the weekend
  11. when Russia stood alone in the U.N. security council, defending its action in Crimea.
  12. And as I told President Putin yesterday,
  13. the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law
  14. and will not be recognize by the international community.
  15. Today, I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia,
  16. and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.
  17. First, as authorized by the executive order I signed two weeks ago
  18. we are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty,
  19. territorial integrity and government of Ukraine.
  20. We are making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.
  21. Second, I have signed a new executive order that expands the scope of our sanctions.
  22. As an initial step, I am authorizing sanctions on Russian officials,
  23. entities operating in the arms sector in Russia
  24. and individuals who provide material support to senior officials of the Russian government
  25. and if Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions.
  26. Third, we are continuing on our close consultation with our European partners
  27. who today in Brussels moved ahead with their own sanctions against Russia.
  28. Tonight, Vice President Biden departs for Europe where he will meet with leaders of our NATO allies
  29. - Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  30. And I will be traveling to Europe next week.
  31. Our message will be clear.
  32. As NATO allies, we have solemn commitment to our collective defense,
  33. and we will uphold this commitment.
  34. Fourth, we will continue to make clear to Russia that for the provocation we'll achieve
  35. nothing's set to furtherize slave Russia and diminish its place in the world.
  36. The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty
  37. and territorial integrity and continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine will only
  38. deepen Russia's diplomatic isolation and exact a greater toll on Russia's economy.
  39. Going forward, we can calibrate our response based on whether Russia chooses
  40. to escalate or to de-escalate the situation.
  41. Now, I believe that there is still a path to resolve this situation diplomatically,
  42. in a way that it addresses the interests of both Russia and Ukraine.
  43. That includes Russia pulling its forces in Crimea back to their bases,
  44. supporting the deployment of additional international monitors in Ukraine
  45. and engaging in dialogue with the Ukrainian government which has indicated its openness
  46. to pursuing constitutional reform as they move forward towards elections this Spring.
  47. But throughout this process, we're gonna stand firm in our unwavering support for Ukraine.
  48. As I told Prime Minister Yatsenyuk last week, the United States stand with the people of Ukraine
  49. and their right to determine their own destiny.
  50. We're going to keep working with Congress
  51. and our international partners to offer Ukraine the economic support that
  52. it needs to wither this crisis and to improve the daily lives of the Ukrainian people.
  53. And as we go forward, we'll continue to look at the range of ways we can help our Ukrainian friends
  54. achieve their universal rights and the security, prosperity and dignity that they deserve.