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Obama: 'There will be costs' to Russian intervention in Ukraine

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    Good afternoon everybody
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    Over the last several days, the United States has been
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    responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine.
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    Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle.
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    The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future.
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    Together with our European Allies, we have urged an end to the violence,
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    and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country,
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    forge a broad-based government, and move to elections this spring.
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    I also spoke several days ago with President Putin,
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    and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials.
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    And we've made clear that they can be part of an international community's effort
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    to support the stability and success
    of a united Ukraine going forward.
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    Which is not only in the interest of the people of Ukraine and the international community,
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    but also in Russia's interests.
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    However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements,
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    taken by the Russian Federation, inside of Ukraine.
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    Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties,
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    and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity
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    would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia or Europe.
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    It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.
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    It would be a clear violation of Russia's commitment
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    to respect the independence, and sovereignty, and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws.
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    And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic games,
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    it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world.
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    And, indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming
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    that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
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    The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions.
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    But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right
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    to determine their own future.
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    Right now, the situation remains very fluid.
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    Vice President Biden just spoke with the Prime Minister of Ukraine
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    to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government's efforts
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    and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine.
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    I also commend the Ukrainian government's restraint and its commitment to uphold
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    its international obligations.
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    We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies,
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    we will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government,
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    and we will continue to keep all of you in the press corp, and the American people,
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    informed as events develop. Thanks very much.
标题:
Obama: 'There will be costs' to Russian intervention in Ukraine
描述:

President Barack Obama spoke Friday on the situation in Ukraine, saying there would "be costs for any military intervention" in the country.

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Video Language:
English
Team:
PBS NewsHour
项目:
World
Duration:
03:08

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