United for Ukraine

President Barack Obama delivered remarks to European youths today at the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, where the President spoke about the relationship between the United States and Europe and discussed the history and values shared by the two regions.

"I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced around the world, because the contest of ideas continues," President Obama said. "And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine today."

The President then outlined how the United States and Europe are responding to the sitution in Ukraine.  The President said,"...Over the last several days, the United States, Europe, and our partners around the world have been united in defense of these ideals, and united in support of the Ukrainian people. Together, we’ve condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and rejected the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum. Together, we have isolated Russia politically, suspending it from the G-8 nations and downgrading our bilateral ties. Together, we are imposing costs through sanctions that have left a mark on Russia and those accountable for its actions. And if the Russian leadership stays on its current course, together we will ensure that this isolation deepens. Sanctions will expand. And the toll on Russia’s economy, as well as its standing in the world, will only increase."

"...And meanwhile, the United States and our allies will continue to support the government of Ukraine as they chart a democratic course," President Obama continued. "What we want is for the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions, just like other free people around the world."

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Natella A.
March 28, 2014
Indeed Russia needs a good manners lesson. God bless EU, USA and Ukraine !!
Roger P.
United States
March 28, 2014
Let me see if I've got this right -- the violent overthrow of an elected government is legitimate, but a referendum is illegitimate? I just want to make sure that I understand what President Obama means when he talks about "charting a democratic course."
Michael T.
Texas, USA
March 30, 2014
I agree, there should be checks and balances in the world. The US should serve as a check on Russia, and Russia should serve as a check on the US whose policies and actions are sometimes "unfortunate", to put it mildly.
Dan S.
United States
April 11, 2014
Thought this from Alexis de Tocqueville's 1835 book "Democracy in America" unfortunately still seems to speak to some of what is going on in Urkraine today ... "... There are at the present time two great nations in the world, which started from different points, but seem to tend toward the same end ... The American struggles against the obstacles that nature opposes to him; the adversaries of the Russian are men. The former combats the wilderness and savage life; the latter, civilization with all its arms. The conquests of the American are therefore gained by the plowshare; those of the Russian by the sword ... The principal instrument of the former is freedom; of the latter, servitude ..."
Delmar K.
Colorado, USA
May 17, 2014
I am all for voting. But, there need to be international monitors (maybe a few thousand); and clearly all the Tatars across the world that were awakened one morning and deported by the Russian Government, need to have a vote. I'm sure the Putineers can see the logic of that.
President Obama Speaks at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels
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