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Obama Says No to 'Military Excursion' in Ukraine

Published: March 20, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • Barack Obama said that a "military excursion" in Ukraine had been deemed inappropriate.
    Photo: Vedomosti

The U.S. has tabled the military option in formulating its response to Russian actions in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

In an interview with San Diego television station KNSD, Obama said that a "military excursion" in Ukraine had been deemed inappropriate, and saying that "what we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message, which is that Ukraine should decide their destiny," NBC News reported.

Related: Western Countries Sanction Russian Officials Over Crimea Vote

Obama said that Ukrainians themselves do not wish to see U.S. and Russian forces locked in conflict on their soil, since it would not be any better for Ukraine than the current situation.

He added that President Vladimir Putin's strategic calculations were based on weakness, rather than strength and "are no way based on whether he thought that we might go to war over this...I think there's a clear understanding that when it comes to our core interests or our NATO allies we can protect ourselves."

Related: U.S Warns Russia With Isolation Sanctions

Obama reiterated the marks in a separate interview with St. Louis television channel KSDK, however he added that the U.S. and its allies were ready to take "even more disruptive economic actions."

Obama gave interviews to six local television stations on Wednesday.





 


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AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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