April 15th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
7 months ago

U.S. supports Ukraine's military moves for now, urges caution

Washington (CNN) – For weeks, the White House has on an almost daily basis applauded the Ukrainian government’s restraint in dealing with what many see as an attempted Russian takeover of more than just Crimea, repeatedly stating there should not be a military solution.

The Obama administration reiterated that sentiment on Tuesday, while also supporting Ukraine's movement of troops toward the worst trouble zones in the eastern part of the country.

Russia has created a situation that is "untenable" and "the Ukrainian government has to respond to assert a return to order and protect its citizens," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Carney agreed the United States sees the moves as appropriate and even necessary within Ukraine, adding more than once that U.S. officials "urge the Ukrainian government to move forward gradually, cautiously."

The White House stopped short of agreeing with those who view Ukraine as being on the brink of civil war, while also calling militant takeovers of government buildings volatile and dangerous.

Carney said U.S. military assistance, in the form of non-lethal aid only, is not being ruled out.

"We are looking at ways to support Ukraine," he said.

Another option being actively considered is stronger sanctions against Russia.

The White House is evaluating potential new actions while still "looking forward" to the talks in Geneva on Thursday that will include foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union.

What progress, if any, may well trigger the next round of coordinated action between the United States and Europe.

Carney described Monday's phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama as "lengthy" with Obama offering a "clear and firm enunciation of views."

It appears, however, the conversation made little to no progress on forging a common ground, except that Russia will participate in the Geneva talks.

So, what did the United States take away from the President’s latest talk with Putin, who the administration believes is behind the unrest in Ukraine?

"Hope," Carney said, that Russia will come to the table in Geneva and begin to offer a glimpse of a diplomatic way out of the crisis.


Filed under: Obama administration • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. just asking

    "We are looking at ways to support Ukraine," he said.
    --

    you mean beyond the mre's you sent them? i guess the ukrainians were supposed to beat the russians over the head with them when they ran out of ammo.

    well, if this doesn't say in loud and clear terms, the obama administration is totally clueless, i don't know what does. if after this long of a time, you are still looking, then you need to pack it in and let people that know what they are doing perform the job. putin has now been given the green light to move on ukraine. flexibility granted. mission accomplished.

    April 15, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    Bush 2008 Russia Georgia take over "forgive Russia" (Rice) – send money to Georgia – hope for the best.
    Wow – that was sooooo different back then.

    April 15, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    Silence DoGood
    Bush 2008 Russia Georgia take over "forgive Russia" (Rice) – send money to Georgia – hope for the best.
    Wow – that was sooooo different back then.
    --–

    It is pretty clear Obama has done nothing and learned nothing over the last 6 years, even after the clear warning he got with Russia moving on Georgia. Well, with the exception of that failed Russian reset he and Hillary Clinton supposedly achieved. Looks like we've reset all the back to WWII days with Putin playing the part of Hitler. Another stunning Obama-Clinton foreign policy success.

    April 15, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Chris-E...al

    Go ahead Mr Putin i give you all the flexibility you need buddy your my friend ! Mr Putin you know we have alot in common Sir ? Mr 0bama do you like my new tanks ?I sure do they fit you well . Did you get them at the gap ?

    April 15, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Just Asking-Feel free to grab a rifle & go to Ukraine & help out them boys fight the Evil Russians. Take all of the W/End Warriors who feel that they just CAN'T live in America w/out being able to exercise there 2nd Amendment Rights by owning lots of AR-15s w/30 round clips.

    April 15, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    as usual, just asking has all the abusive comments and no answers. Please tell us what President Romney would do, or maybe Mike Huckabee. How about Rand Paul? Paula Blackburn? See, there is no one on the Right who can offer an alternative course of action. You scream about the Obama administration being clueless, yet there is no alternative proposals, and your abusive, useless comments have no value in a serious discussion.

    April 15, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. rs

    just asking

    "We are looking at ways to support Ukraine," he said.

    you mean beyond the mre's you sent them? i guess the ukrainians were supposed to beat the russians over the head with them when they ran out of ammo.

    well, if this doesn't say in loud and clear terms, the obama administration is totally clueless, i don't know what does. if after this long of a time, you are still looking, then you need to pack it in and let people that know what they are doing perform the job. putin has now been given the green light to move on ukraine. flexibility granted. mission accomplished.
    ________________________
    Sure, because WWIII make so much sense in regards to the defense of a former Russian territory populated by Russians. Do you read what you post out loud first, or is it just stream of unconsciousness?

    April 15, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Vladimir Putin / Silvio Bersconi 2016

    World Leaders with Worldly Pleasures .

    April 15, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    Silence DoGood
    Bush 2008 Russia Georgia take over "forgive Russia" (Rice) – send money to Georgia – hope for the best.
    Wow – that was sooooo different back then.
    ––

    It is pretty clear Obama has done nothing and learned nothing over the last 6 years, even after the clear warning he got with Russia moving on Georgia. Well, with the exception of that failed Russian reset he and Hillary Clinton supposedly achieved. Looks like we've reset all the back to WWII days with Putin playing the part of Hitler. Another stunning Obama-Clinton foreign policy success.
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    One thing he did learn from observing Bush was never invade the wrong country chasing imaginary terrorists and lie about it thereby killing 1000's of US solders. He learned not to do that like Bush (and Putin). So that would be pretty good. The families of the dead would concur.

    April 15, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. g

    week end warriors should have free flights to take on the Russians –taxes well spent

    April 15, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Unga

    G.....
    Agreed.... For it says in our consitution that it isleft up to those who can, to do..... Safe bet say there is no non-voilent way that doesnt involve Ukraine "surrendering" or being "annexed" Accept it! or act on it. Christains did,,,, American's acted on it from the English,,,,, and many died,,, Ither be Concord or fight.... I say fight!! Destroy the Russians!!

    April 15, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Howard

    These were the guys that supported the nazis.

    April 15, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Bill, Bloominton IL

    "I will have more flexibility after the election". Anybody remember Obama saying that to Putin?

    April 15, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. mrmr

    'defense of a former Russian territory populated by Russians'

    What do you mean? Russian population in US i~706 242. Would you like to have russian spetznaz protecting rights of russians in US? What abbout Alaska??? Is really for you everything in Europe east from Berlin a russia????

    April 15, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. c

    @silence dogood – You don't read much do you? There have been numerous reports about Pakistan creating the problem. Yes it was wrong to go into Iraq but it was from Pakistan doing NOT PRESIDENT BUSH. Maybe our intelligence community needs to get better at their job if they are going to be informing Top Officials. At least Bush went after Bin Laden, what did Clinton do when Bin Laden attacked the US on four separate occasions? Nothing and BAMB...9/11 THANKS BILL CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |