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.
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