The U.S. will not take military action in the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama told NBC 7 San Diego Wednesday
“We are not going to be getting into military excursion in Ukraine. What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international correlation that sends a clear message,” President Obama said.
Some foreign policy experts had said that limited military assistance was one of the items left in President Obama’s toolbox along with tougher sanctions and other forms of economic pressure.
As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama said, “His strategic decisions are no way based on whether he thought that we might go to war over this.”
“I think there’s a clear understanding that when it comes to our core interests or our NATO allies we can protect ourselves,” he said. Meanwhile, officials in the Ukraine were preparing to withdraw troops and their families from the Russia-occupied region of Crimea Wednesday.
President Obama’s statement on the possiblity of military intervention was part of an interview Wednesday with NBC 7’s Mark Mullen who had traveled to Washington, D.C. to talk with the president. They discussed other issues ranging from military cuts and the impact in San Diego to the idea of raising the minimum wage. source – NBC San Diego