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Obama calls on Putin to move troops from Ukraine border
CBS News ^ | March 28, 2014 | Amanda Cochran

Posted on 03/28/2014 6:05:39 AM PDT by AU72

President Obama, in an interview in Rome with "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, said Russia must take steps now to reduce tensions over Ukraine.

"It's well known and well acknowledged that you've seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing. And, you know, it may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they've got additional plans," Mr. Obama said.

To resolve and de-escalate the situation right now, Mr. Obama said Russia needs "to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government, as well as the international community."

Mr. Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin has been "willing to show a deeply held grievance about what he considers to be the loss of the Soviet Union."

"You would have thought that after a couple of decades that there'd be an awareness on the part of any Russian leader that the path forward is not to revert back to the kinds of practices that, you know, were so prevalent during the Cold War but, in fact, to move forward with further integration with the world economy and to be a responsible international citizen."

Mr. Obama said Putin considers the breakup of the Soviet Union to be "tragic."

"There's a strong sense of Russian nationalism and a sense that somehow the West has taken advantage of Russia in the past and that he wants to, in some fashion, reverse that or make up for that.

"What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West," Mr. Obama continued. "He's certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives."

He continued, "And it is true that we reject the notion that there is a sphere of influence along the Russian border that then justifies Russia invading other countries. Certainly they're going to have influence because of trade and tradition and language and heritage with Ukraine. Everybody acknowledges that. But there's a difference between that and sending in troops, and because you're bigger and stronger taking a piece of the country - that is not how international law and international norms are observed in the 21st century."

Asked about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's response and whether NATO is a hollowed-out force, Mr. Obama made the point that it is up to all of the NATO allies to contribute, including Germany, Britain and others, in order to have a credible force as a counterweight against Putin's Russia, according to Pelley.

Eighty-five percent of U.S. forces have been removed from Europe since 1989. The U.S. formerly had 400,000 troops there, and now only about 50,000 troops remain.

Mr. Obama wouldn't be specific about what the U.S. would do if Russia pushed further into Ukraine, but he did say that there would be more economic sanctions brought to bear, not just by the U.S. but by the world community.

The latest CBS News poll shows that 46 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the Ukraine situation, compared with 38 percent who approve.

Fifty-six percent of American approve of the sanctions leveled against Russia by the U.S. and other European countries, but 65 percent don't think the U.S. should provide military aid and weapons to Ukraine.

In addition, 57 percent of Americans think the situation in Crimea is beyond the control of the U.S. However, Pelley noted on "CBS This Morning" that broad international condemnation of Russia's invasion of Crimea has buoyed the presidents hopes of resolving the conflict.

"On Thursday, a vote at the United Nations and 100 countries to 11 voted in favor of a resolution that condemned the invasion of Crimea, so the president really feels he has the backing of the rest of the world, and he hopes that these economic sanctions will be enough to deter Putin."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; putin
Well, this ought to stop Putin in his tracks!
1 posted on 03/28/2014 6:05:39 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

Which direction?


2 posted on 03/28/2014 6:06:20 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: AU72

Hmm, What’s Obama talking about? Hey Obama, the 1980’s called, and they want their foreign policy back. Sorry, that line never gets old.

“Let me be clear, there will be another condemnation followed by a free flowing red line...”


3 posted on 03/28/2014 6:08:23 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: AU72

Obama should strongly demand that Putin not move any of his troops from the border.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 6:08:30 AM PDT by TBall
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To: AU72

Remove those troops or else!


5 posted on 03/28/2014 6:09:48 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: AU72

6 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:14 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: bmwcyle

You guessed right: they move closer to the border. The buildup continues, some elite Russian units has being deployed, I doubt that is only for looks - too expensive for a show.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: AU72
Obama has ZERO credibility in the world...
8 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:18 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: AU72

Did the CBS report miss that punk POTUS added “Pretty Please” to his statement?


9 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:27 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: KeyLargo

the binocs shot is great.May I borrow it


10 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:59 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: corlorde
Bot to worry Obama gas a Phone and Pen.

I guess they read Kissinger's Op Ed that calling Putin names ( he is living in the 18th Century) is a Foreign Policy but shows a lack of a Policy.

11 posted on 03/28/2014 6:11:06 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: AU72
Russia needs "to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government

Lol! You " negotiate" from a position of strength, dimwit.

Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

― Thucydides,

12 posted on 03/28/2014 6:11:49 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

From Russia’s view point, I don’t know if I would believe this.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 6:12:24 AM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: AU72

Obama is communist trained from way back.

He is aiding and abetting this expansion.

He has to look like he is not.

And he is not very convincing.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 6:12:54 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: AU72
We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.

This means Obama, Soros, and the sodomite EU are going to continue to try to encircle Russia and will continue to meddle in Ukraine's internal politics as they have been doing.

This was all laid out years ago in arch-Globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski's book The Grand Chessboard.

15 posted on 03/28/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: AU72

That’s the dumbest request yet.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 6:14:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: AU72

Well, this ought to stop Putin in his tracks!

Putin needs to remember that mac daddy has just received 5 cartons of red pen and is more than willing to use them all.


17 posted on 03/28/2014 6:15:45 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: escapefromboston

Obama wants to give Putin the Ukraine. He does not want Putin to take it. THAT is the crux of the problem.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:15:47 AM PDT by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: AU72
Obama calls on Putin to move troops from Ukraine border

I can just see Putin laughing at this. One of the innumerable problems with the annointed one is that he actually believes the hagiographic fawning drivel the lickspittle MSM puts out about him. He believes that all he has to do is say the word, and thigs will go as he says. He thinks that anyone who doesn't get a tingle doen their leg at the sight of him is flawed.

You can see what happens when reality contradicts his self image when his gun control legislation didn't pass. He basically had a tantrum in the rose garden, and lectured all those who oppsed him as to how wrong they were.

19 posted on 03/28/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: bill1952

There have already been negotiations. Why and how do you think the Ukrainian soldiers walked out of Crimea. Of course, the Ukraine lost about 15,000 troops in that negotiation...troops that wish to stay and be a part of Russia.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 6:18:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: AU72
They are Russian troops in line to sign up for Obamacare. They heard anyone in the Ukraine is eligible.
21 posted on 03/28/2014 6:19:58 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: escapefromboston
But GE has a huge contract with Russia and Europe is almost totally dependent on Russia. Don't kid yourself, American companies are controlling this.

Pssst Obama....Crimea made their own decision.

22 posted on 03/28/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: firebasecody

We gave them $1 bill. The IMF gave them $18 bil with more to come. And guess who funds 90% of the IMF.


23 posted on 03/28/2014 6:23:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: AU72

Uh oh, Zero didn’t vote present. Putin’s winding up a big bitch slap for The One.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 6:24:30 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: TBall

Use that fancy reberse pee-sikologee.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 6:26:06 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: AU72
Here we go again.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 6:26:22 AM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: AU72

Right, Putin will get right on that. /s


27 posted on 03/28/2014 6:26:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Clown Prince nobama remains the Feckless One.


28 posted on 03/28/2014 6:28:01 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: AU72

Yeah.... us not having troops on our southern border has worked so well.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 6:28:06 AM PDT by grania
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To: hal ogen

Or, he will put them on double secret probation.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: AU72

Send a selfie. Foreign diplomacy at 144 characters or less.

@putin PLEASE #ukraine invasion


31 posted on 03/28/2014 6:37:02 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: AU72

Obama: “... After my election I have more flexibility”

Putin: So will I.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 6:38:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: KeyLargo
You mean this?



33 posted on 03/28/2014 6:54:23 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: KeyLargo

Perfect. Accompanied by big Bronx cheer.


34 posted on 03/28/2014 7:05:45 AM PDT by BusterBear
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To: AU72

Remove those troops immediately, or I will return to taunt you a second time...


35 posted on 03/28/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: AU72

“And,” the President added, “I know you are but what am I?”

Putin responded by saying “Pull my finger” to which the President retorted with “I’m rubber, you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.”


36 posted on 03/28/2014 7:29:49 AM PDT by FAA
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To: AU72

Obama went to Harvard Law School. He should sue Putin. The Democrat Party foisted this dumbass President on us. The Democrats should go over and throw themselves under the tracks of the Russian tanks.


37 posted on 03/28/2014 8:12:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 (R"A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: AU72

I can see Putin salavating like Pavlov’s dog following this brilliant pronouncement.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 8:33:58 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Common Sense 101

Sir Kerry: We are now no longer the Knights who say Ni.

King Obama: NI.

Other Knights: Shh...

Sir Kerry: We are now the Knights who say... “Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG. Zoom-Boing. Z’nourrwringmm.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 9:01:39 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: AU72

“Obama calls on Putin to move troops from Ukraine border”

-—Or what? hahahahahah


40 posted on 03/28/2014 10:10:00 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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