Obama orders sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine
White House spokesman Jay Carney said “I’m not aware of a limit” on how many people could be listed.
“Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine,” Obama said. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”
“The administration’s decision to bolster NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission by sending additional troops and F-15s, along with refueling capabilities, to eastern Europe is a step in the right direction,” the senators said. “Further, the administration’s decision to use an executive order to deny visas to those responsible for the attempted annexation of Ukraine is a positive step. We believe these actions should have been taken earlier, but better late than never.
“The Russian invasion of Crimea is a clear violation of the 1994 agreement between Russia and Ukraine where Ukraine turned over all nuclear weapons to Russia in return for Russia agreeing to honor all territorial sovereignty,” Graham and Ayotte said in the statement.
“While we take these steps, I want to be clear that there is also a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interests of the Russian Federation, as well as the Ukrainian people,” the President said, calling for international monitors to be allowed in Ukraine and talks between Moscow and Kiev.
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