US President Barack Obama has said pressure and diplomacy are the only way forward in the West’s dispute with Russia over Ukraine. In a speech in Brussels, Obama said there was no military solution to the Crimea crisis, but warned Moscow it faced further isolation and punishment if it continued along its current path.
“Together we have isolated Russia politically, suspending it from the G8 nations, and downgrading our bilateral ties. Together we are imposing costs through sanctions, that have left the 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 on its standing in the world will only increase,” the president said.
Obama also insisted the West’s dispute with Russia over Crimea would not prompt a new Cold War.
From Brussels euronews’ Sándor Zsírs said:
“Barack Obama used his Brussels speech to send a strong message to both Ukraine and Russia. He said the common values of Europe and the US, such as freedom and democracy would not be stopped and would continue to spread around the world. After Brussels, Obama travels to Italy and then to Saudi Arabia.’‘