March 17th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
9 months ago

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia

Washington (CNN) - After announcing Ukriane-related sanctions targeting some Russian officials and others, U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters Monday that the United States wants to make it clear to Russia "that further provocation (in Ukraine) will do nothing" except diminish Russia's standing in the world.

He said he believes "there's still a path to resolve" the Ukrainian situation with Russia diplomatically. That would include, he said, Russia pulling its forces back to bases, deploying international monitors, and Russia engaging in dialogue with the Ukrainian government.

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  1. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Before all of you Obama haters start spewing your rhetoric, what exactly do you think he should do? Bomb Russia??

    Many Rivers to Cross.....

    March 17, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Sanctions never work on anyone.

    March 17, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Rick – Ever hear of Iran. Sanctions helped bring Iran to the table, and Russia needs to have a market for their fossil fuels. Your solution is military action?

    March 17, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Lizzie

    Wake up....... Pres.Obama has no intention to bomb anyone, he removed all the missiles for defense from the Polish and East German borders, because Putin told him to do so.

    March 17, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Sanctions never work on anyone.
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    So, why were you for stronger sanctions against Iran when Pres. Obama wasn't? Hmm?

    March 17, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. MMCinMPLS

    My view is, it's none of our business. If 95% of the citizens, and the local government want to be part of Russia, why should we care. Suppose for a minute, Oregon was part of CA, and 95 % of its citizens wanted to secede and become a separate state. It would be allowed in A NYminute, no matter what CA wanted.

    Seems to me, we have enough problems here in the US of A, that we could spend our time on.

    March 17, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. guest

    riiight, and the missile ships USA has in the black seas are just there for pre-scheduled drills, cuz we are removing our sphere of influence cuz putin told us so....

    Or the opposite of that.

    March 17, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lizzie, you should be grateful you have a POTUS that thinks before going to war. I don't know about you, but I got tired of turning on the news everyday and seeing pics of young, dead soldiers.

    Educate yourself and stop letting hate guide you.

    Many Rivers to Cross......

    March 17, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Sanctions never work on anyone.
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    Tell that to the Iranians- it worked better in Iran than Bush's bombing campaign in Iraq.

    March 17, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. rs

    Lizzie

    Wake up....... Pres.Obama has no intention to bomb anyone, he removed all the missiles for defense from the Polish and East German borders, because Putin told him to do so.
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    Yeah, Lizzie because like nuclear war would just be so cool. Go watch Dr. Strangelove.........

    March 17, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    MMCinMPLS

    My view is, it's none of our business. If 95% of the citizens, and the local government want to be part of Russia, why should we care.
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    That's your view. Most people see the fact that 95% of the citizenry didn't feel that way before Russia blockaded the Crimean naval ports and moved 16,000, and counting, troops, along with tanks, missles, and other heavy military hardware into Crimea.

    March 17, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Dean

    "Don't make me cut my golf round short...or I'll...I'll...ummm...."

    March 17, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. rs

    Dean

    "Don't make me cut my golf round short...or I'll...I'll...ummm...."
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    Go ahead Dean, explain why the Ukraine is so vital to American interests. Explain why it is more so than Georgia (Bush went fishing- literally to commemorate that transition while McCain idiotically said "We are all Georgians"). Go ahead- tell us what our nation should do- especially as the citizens of Crimea just voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia.

    March 17, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Well, military action against Russia has to be off the tableI. I think a strongly worded statement is in order.

    March 17, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. rs

    MMCinMPLS

    My view is, it's none of our business. If 95% of the citizens, and the local government want to be part of Russia, why should we care. Suppose for a minute, Oregon was part of CA, and 95 % of its citizens wanted to secede and become a separate state. It would be allowed in A NYminute, no matter what CA wanted.

    Seems to me, we have enough problems here in the US of A, that we could spend our time on.
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    Or suppose it was an independent Texas, or Oregon, or California?

    But your point is well taken. The GOP would rather flush away further $billions on another lost cause instead of say bailing out Detroit, and giving those citizens back their voting rights.

    March 17, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Dean

    "Don't make me cut my golf round short...or I'll...I'll...ummm...."
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    TEACHABLE MOMENT: Conservatives are turning into complete jokes. The prevailing wind coming out of the right wing seems to laden with jokes.

    March 17, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Dean – How do you find time to post when Fox and Friends is still on? Multi tasking?

    March 17, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    When Texas gov. Rick Perry threatened to secede, did McCain visit Austin and promise weapons?

    March 17, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Fair – I see you are still waist deep in the Bush Doctrine. Now there was stupidity.

    March 17, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. salty dog

    Much like the missing plane, the gop has no idea where they're at.

    March 17, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. wendel

    the repos once again show their stupidity. I guess war is all they know. They sure get rich from it .

    March 17, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tampa Tim

    Dean – How do you find time to post when Fox and Friends is still on? Multi tasking?
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    I guess he forgot Bush's famous maxim:

    " Now, watch this drive.". ( He was playing golf at the time, btw).

    March 17, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    no matter what the President does, the righties and their sheep herders will find something to rail about. Whatever he is for, they're against and whatever he does, they don't like

    March 17, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lizzie

    Wake up....... Pres.Obama has no intention to bomb anyone, he removed all the missiles for defense from the Polish and East German borders, because Putin told him to do so.
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    "East German borders"? When was the last time you saw a map?

    March 17, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    I don't understand what the point of view is that we want to impose on the people in that region.

    Are the people of Crimea to be required (by us) to accept the leadership of the rebel forces that overthrew the elected government, even though they wish to align with Russia.

    How do we determine that the rebel government in Ukraine is legitimate, yet the wishes of the people of Crimea are not valid? Is it only because one group sides with us? We are not setting a good precedent here. This is not how the world's last Superpower should behave.

    We invade Iraq and hundreds of thousands were killed, and the killing is still going on because we destroyed their stable government. Russia occupies Crimea, without violence and with the support of the majority of the people of Crimea, and we impose sanctions on Russia.

    To Wake-Up, I'm not an Obama hater, I just don't agree with him all the time. I don't think we should bomb them; we should stay out of it. We might need to talk with Russia and determine what their objectives are. We do not need to try to force our way on people who want no part of us. Whether it is Obama or Bush.

    March 17, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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