Mar 6, 2014|
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Good afternoon -- right. Report Jerry 600 questions -- to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Since the Russian intervention. We've been mobilized in the international community to condemn. This violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine. This morning I signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating. The sovereignty and territorial. Integrity of Ukraine. Or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people. According to -- guidance the State Department has also put in place restrictions on travel certain individuals and officials. These decisions. Continue our efforts to impose a cost on rush and those responsible for this situation Crimea. And they also give us the flexibility to adjust our response going forward based on Russia's actions. We took these steps in close coordination -- pinellas. I've spoken to several of our closest friends around the world and I'm pleased that our. In a national unity is on display at this important moment. Already we've moved together. To announce substantial assistance for the government and chip. And today in Brussels are allies took similar steps to impose costs on Russia. I have confidence that we are moving forward together. United in our determination to oppose actions that violate international law and to support the government and people of Ukraine. And that includes standing up for the principle of states' sovereignty. The proposed. Referendum on the future Frank -- would violate the Ukrainian constitution. And violate international law. Any discussion about the future Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014 we are well beyond the days -- borders can be -- drawn over the heads of democratic leaders. While we. Take these steps want to be clear that there's also a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interests of the Russian Federation. As well with the Ukrainian people. Let international monitors its all of record. Including Crimea to ensure the rights of all ukrainians are being respected including. Ethnic Russians. Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine with the participation. Of the international community. Russia would maintain its basic rights in Crimea provided that it abides by its agreements and respects. Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. And the world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to elections in May. That's the path of the escalation. And sector carriers engaged in discussions -- all of the relevant parties including Russia and Ukraine to pursue that path. But. If this violation of international law continues. The result -- -- United States and our allies and the international community will remain firm. Meanwhile we take steps to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe and to support the people of different. One last point there's a lot of talk in congress about these issues. Today once again I'm calling on congress to follow up on these words -- action. Specifically the support BI maps capacity to land resources to you play. And to provide American assistance force Ukrainian government so they can weather this storm and stabilize the economy. Make needed reforms to deliver for the people all of which will provide its -- pathway for. The elections that are part of the schedule. -- -- Today the world conceive that the United States is united -- our allies and partners in the -- of international law. And pursuing a just outcome that advances global security and the future of the Ukrainian people deserve. That's what we're gonna continue to do in the days to come until. We have seen a resolution. This crisis thanks very much of.