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President Barack Obama bluntly warned Russia on Friday that it will face international condemnation as well as unspecified "costs" for any military intervention in neighboring Ukraine. A senior U.S. official said Washington could boycott a major international summit to be hosted by Russia in June and reject Moscow's efforts to promote trade with the United States.

"We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," Obama said in a hastily arranged public statement from the White House briefing room.

"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 president warned.

His remarks came after top Ukrainian officials charged thatRussian troops had taken over the two main airports in the strategic Crimean peninsula.

The president did not confirm Moscow's apparent role in the deployments, but he declared that "any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity" would be "deeply destabilizing" and amount to a "profound interference" in its neighbors' affairs, as well as a violation of international laws.

"Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future," he said.

"Right now, the situation remains very fluid," Obama said. "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.

"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," he said.

Obama's remarks were the latest sign that the crisis over Ukraine, where protesters and the parliament pushed pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych from power, will not end quietly or anytime soon. Top U.S. officials have reached out to their Russian counterparts in recent days, including Obama calling Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Hours before Obama's surprise statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said he had discussed the situation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"I asked specifically that Russia work with the United States and with our friends and allies in order to support Ukraine, to rebuild unity, security, and a healthy economy," Kerry said. Lavrov "reaffirmed President Putin’s statement that Russia will respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Kerry said.

It was unclear what sort of action Obama might take or what limited approach would deter the Russians.

The United States is consulting with its European allies on next steps, a senior administration official told Yahoo News. One option: Boycott the Group of Eight summit due to be held in June in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Another option: Reject Russian efforts to promote trade with the United States. Putin sent a team of officials to Washington this week for just that purpose.

And Russia will face other possible costs, such as a worsening of its already shaky international reputation, and a drop in the value of its currency, the ruble, making imports more expensive and reducing the relative value of its exports.


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Post time 2014-3-2 00:13:01 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2014-3-2 00:08
Mister Obama is hostage to his country's Monroe Doctrine and to continued U.S. American hegemony i ...

Let Russia have the Ukraine, we don't want them in Europe or half will end up in UK

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Post time 2014-3-2 00:41:39 |Display all floors
There needs to be tension for the USA to sell arms and keep its vast military interests happy, sending consultants to Ukraine etc... They have even offered loans or money through the IMF... Funny money lent by a bankrupt and highly indebted country to another to buy its own arms and services...In the process the Russians too will incur a cost as any political tension or disturbance does at one's border. Similar thing would have happened had Mexico had a similar problem.. Ultimately, the next few quarters, the US stock market will show gains since many companies will report a healthy bottom line..
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Post time 2014-3-2 00:44:09 |Display all floors
Obama good man and Obama is the only man in the world who can give an ultimatum to the Putty.



Obama tells the Putty.....Don't even think about it, it is not going to be without cost.



Now, what if the Putty sees Obama' call and says All in.


Will Obama fold or will Obama say See you.?



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Post time 2014-3-2 00:44:25 |Display all floors
1584austin Post time: 2014-3-2 02:13
Let Russia have the Ukraine, we don't want them in Europe or half will end up in UK

I thought the UK supports 'full integration' of UKraine with the EU... what better way to integrate.
All the countries in Europe should simply unite into one EU... They seem to have a less imperialistic agenda and a concept of more equality among all... They can then be strong enough to shake off the shackles of dependence on the USA... to intervene militarily in Europe.
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Post time 2014-3-2 00:49:32 |Display all floors
We all know the Russian fleet is in the Crimea and how important is Crimea to Russia.

The Putty is cornered.

Will the Putty fold or will the Putty up the stakes?

Should the international community just fold and let the totalitarian Putty do as He pleases?


Now......what about the financial markets....How will the financial markets react to this development?



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Post time 2014-3-2 01:12:55 |Display all floors
KIyer Post time: 2014-3-2 00:41
There needs to be tension for the USA to sell arms and keep its vast military interests happy, sendi ...

Do you realise that the US is only around the 6th largest exporter of arms and although official figures are not available it is thought that China in number one? Russia is at number 4.

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