March 17, 2014
The White House on Sunday called Russia’s actions in Crimea “dangerous and destabilizing” and said it will not recognize the referendum vote held in the region.
“As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia – not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement shortly after the polls closed.
The administration called on others in the international community to impose costs on Russia. The White House warned that continued military intervention by Russia would only exacerbate the problem.
“In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another,” Carney said. “We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
This article was posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:06 am