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Obama Assures U.S. Will Not Get into ‘Actual War’ with Russia

During his big local news push yesterday, President Obama sat down with KNSD to address the current crisis in Ukraine, assuring that the U.S. will not get into “actual war” with Russia. He said, “What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message.”

Obama said sending in the military “would not be appropriate, and would not be good for Ukraine either.” He charged that Vladimir Putin “acted out of weakness when he sent troops into Crimea because “he didn’t want Ukrainians to make their own decisions about their own future.”

This morning Obama announced harsher sanctions on individuals with strong ties to the Russian government and pushed for Congress to authorize the U.S. to send financial assistance to Ukraine.

Watch the video below, via KNSD:

[h/t Daily Intelligencer]
[photo via screengrab]

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