Skip to comments.Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin
Posted on 03/01/2014 3:20:51 PM PST by kristinn
President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russias clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russias obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act. The United States condemns Russias military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
The United States calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine. We have consistently said that we recognize Russias deep historic and cultural ties to Ukraine and the need to protect the rights of ethnic Russian and minority populations within Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has made clear its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and to abide by Ukraines international commitments, and we will continue to urge them to do so.
President Obama told President Putin that, if Russia has concerns about the treatment of ethnic Russian and minority populations in Ukraine, the appropriate way to address them is peacefully through direct engagement with the government of Ukraine and through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). As a member of both organizations, Russia would be able to participate. President Obama urged an immediate effort to initiate a dialogue between Russia and the Ukrainian government, with international facilitation, as appropriate. The United States is prepared to participate.
President Obama made clear that Russias continued violation of Ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russias standing in the international community. In the coming hours and days, the United States will urgently consult with allies and partners in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum. The United States will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8. Going forward, Russias continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation.
The people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future. President Obama has directed his Administration to continue working urgently with international partners to provide support for the Ukrainian government, including urgent technical and financial assistance. Going forward, we will continue consulting closely with allies and partners, the Ukrainian government and the International Monetary Fund, to provide the new government with significant assistance to secure financial stability, to support needed reforms, to allow Ukraine to conduct successful elections, and to support Ukraine as it pursues a democratic future.
If “the people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future”, why did we give the opposition $5 Billion and used force of arms to overthrow the freely-elected Ukrainian government? Elections were set for early 2015.
We didn’t let them have elections. We funded an armed Putsch.
Amazing how they can compress 90 minutes into
a couple of paragraphs eh.
Ostensibly free people do free things, despite what the Russians want.
Sarah Palin’s prediction came true!
Maybe we’d better go back and find out what else she predicted?
“The people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future.”
We’ll see how that tune changes if it is someday federals being set on fire in the Untied States.
Ukraine Neo-Nazi Party Threatens Russia with Nukes: Well Regain our Nuclear Status in 6 Months
They cut out the pauses and “I”s, “me”s and “myself”s.
iirc, the (20 year) 1997 military basing agreement in re: Sevastopo was renegotiated in 2012 and extended for 25 more years, until 2042.
“Readout”? Are they trying to pretend that is kind of like a transcript?
What a joke.
ping a roo
What's he going to do, change his Depends?!
There’s not a single thing that this imposter and anti-American has to say that I need to listen to. And I hope Putin let him ramble without even having him translate what the dim-ass said.
What $5 billion are you talking about?
...and used force of arms to overthrow the freely-elected Ukrainian government? Elections were set for early 2015.
The Ukrainian Parliament voted to remove the President under existing laws, not force of arms. In fact, the ousted President's own party voted against him. n the vote, parliament also moved to have early elections on May 25. In a deal brokered Friday to stop the violence, early elections were set for December.
Lawmakers said the move to impeach was necessary. "Yanukovych is not capable of fulfilling his presidential duties," said opposition lawmaker Oleh Lyashko. Lawmakers will also consider banning the president from running in upcoming elections.
Better quit reading “Pravda” - it’s detrimental to your mental capacities. People of Ukraine made their choice clear, it pissed off Russians, but it’s no reason for military invasion. If anybody had any illusions about “brotherly love” between Ukraine and Russia - I hope rid of their illusions. Russia is aggressive evil empire.
Dipsh*t read over the phone whatever acting president Valerie Jarrett said he could.
They probably had to drag his sorry ass away from a video game to get him to talk to Putin.
- both will fit
Sounds pretty one-sided. Didn’t Putin speak? Guess we’re not allowed to know what he said. Not that it really matters.
Did they say just how they are planning on doing that?
Interestingly, they opted for the low res photo.
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It includes several ‘lols’
I think they cut out all the “Let me be clear”s too.
That still left plenty of room for all of Putin’s NYET.
A 90 minute call is really embarrassing unless Hussein is helping PutiePut plan the invasion.
Yeah that what I notice
Republican President or anybody go for HD camera
Holy cow! Thanks for posting that
Pooty let the bird crap all over the table and then hung up. All drone talk, no action.
I can imagine Putin placing the phone down on the desk and doing something else while obama talked for 85 of those minutes.
Plenty of Freepers seem to be in the Putin fan club at the very moment he is rolling tanks through a neighboring country.
Will their tune change if the “duly elected” kenyan tries to make himself El Presidente for life?
Give me respect that I deserve as Tsar of all Christianity world you infidel Muslum
Maybe Harry Reid can just say
“There have been claims of an invasion, all of them untrue!”
Don’t get too excited - the source is Russian
If Obama called me, I’d just leave the phone on the desk and make some coco
You are probably right, but one of the problems here is assuming Putin continued to participate in the call at all. I think Obama is one of those people who inspires others to lay down the receiver, check the refrigerator, walk the dog, go whizz, or just step away and stretch for a while at the beginning of a call.
Putin was probably laughing hard, in between taunting and ridiculing. They can’t include that.
I am sure Putin was putting the phone down and laughing his arse off...
Just kicking him out even by vote (because we said so) is not the method of impeachment according to their own constitution.
I think in between laughing put the phone down then laughing again put the phone down laughing again LOL!
He wondering man Americans have sense of humor who knew
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Putin: “You called me. Do you have anything to say because I have real people to talk to.”
Obama: “Uhhh... let me put you through to my supervisor”
Putin: “..... hello again, you Iranian b****”
Putin ask Obama if he wanted it in his mouth or his backside.
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