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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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