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  • President Obama: Good afternoon everybody. Over the last several days the United States

  • has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Now throughout this crisis we

  • have been very clear about one fundamental principle: the Ukrainian people deserve the

  • opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allied, we have

  • urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they

  • stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government, and move to elections this spring.

  • I also spoke several days ago with President Putin - and my administration has been in

  • daily communication with Russian officials - and we've made clear that they can be part

  • of an international communities effort to support the stability and success of a united

  • Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interests of the people of Ukraine and

  • the international community, but also in Russia's interest. However, we are now deeply concerned

  • by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine. Russia

  • has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties and a

  • military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity

  • would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.

  • It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the

  • Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia's commitment to respect the independence

  • and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after

  • the world came to Russia for the olympic games it would invite the condemnation of nations

  • around the world. And, indeed, the United States will stand with the international community

  • in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine. The

  • events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country

  • with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have

  • a universal right to determine their own future. Right now the situation remains very fluid.

  • Vice President Biden just spoke with the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in

  • this difficult moment the United States supports his government's efforts and stands for the

  • sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian

  • government's restraint. And its commitment to uphold its international obligations. We

  • will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate

  • directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the

  • press corps and the American people informed as events develop. Thanks very much.

President Obama: Good afternoon everybody. Over the last several days the United States

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Obama Warns Russia Against Military Action In Ukraine 美國總統歐巴馬對俄在烏克蘭的軍事行動發布警告(中英字幕)

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    Solomon Wolf posted on 2014/03/02
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