Thursday 23 October 2014

Obama warns Russia of Ukraine costs

Published 28/02/2014 | 02:33

US President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House (AP)
Unidentified gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms block the road toward the military airport of Sevastopol (AP)
Regular Ukrainian police officers secure the entrance as a Russian flag flies in front of a seized local government building in Simferopol, Crimea (AP)

President Barack Obama has warned Russia there will be costs if the country intervenes militarily in Ukraine.

Mr Obama said the US is deeply concerned by reports of military movements by Russia inside Ukraine.

He said any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be destabilising. He said it would violate Russia's commitment to respect Ukraine's borders and would invite global condemnation.

Speaking at the White House, he said the US stands with the world community to affirm there will be costs if an intervention takes place.

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