Kerry condemns Russia's 'invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory'
March 1st, 2014
08:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Kerry condemns Russia's 'invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory'

Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following statement on the situation in Ukraine:

"The United States condemns the Russian Federation's invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory, and its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in full contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. This action is a threat to the peace and security of Ukraine, and the wider region.

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I spoke with President Turchynov this morning to assure him he had the strong support of the United States and commend the new government for showing the utmost restraint in the face of the clear and present danger to the integrity of their state, and the assaults on their sovereignty. We also urge that the Government of Ukraine continue to make clear, as it has from throughout this crisis, its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and uphold its international obligations.

As President Obama has said, we call for Russia to withdraw its forces back to bases, refrain from interference elsewhere in Ukraine, and support international mediation to address any legitimate issues regarding the protection of minority rights or security.

From day one, we've made clear that we recognize and respect Russia’s ties to Ukraine and its concerns about treatment of ethnic Russians. But these concerns can and must be addressed in a way that does not violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, by directly engaging the Government of Ukraine.

Unless immediate and concrete steps are taken by Russia to deescalate tensions, the effect on U.S.-Russian relations and on Russia’s international standing will be profound.
I convened a call this afternoon with my counterparts from around the world, to coordinate on next steps. We were unified in our assessment and will work closely together to support Ukraine and its people at this historic hour.

In the coming days, emergency consultations will commence in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in defense of the underlying principles critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. We continue to believe in the importance of an international presence from the UN or OSCE to gather facts, monitor for violations or abuses and help protect rights. As a leading member of both organizations, Russia can actively participate and make sure its interests are taken into account.

The people of Ukraine want nothing more than the right to define their own future – peacefully, politically and in stability. They must have the international community’s full support at this vital moment. The United States stands with them, as we have for 22 years, in seeing their rights restored."

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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Stuffitu

    Well that certainly sounds very ineffectual. Was this the result of the big meetin the most incompetent, inept , corrupt president missed today? They apparently decided to have this horse faced liar go out an condemn the Russians. I am surprised Putin can do anything to get himself to stp laughing.

    March 1, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Stuffitu

    Do you think that the same people who designed the Obozocare designed thar "reset" button? We know the same people whoever designed Obozocare designed our foreign policy.

    March 1, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Really?

    Or what?? Obama and Kerry are way out of their league, that was apparent on Syria and now Ukrain. Putin is not concerned about the "strongly worded" pushback from the US since there is no one in charge with competence and back bone to follow through. Remember Obamas red line on Syria?

    March 1, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    Kerrys a weak sec . ! Google his war past an unamerican an ununited ways. He mixes well with this weak president n0 doubt ! An the Clintons for sure . they will run 0ver you an let others run 0ver you to . Baby out with dishwater kind of thing .
    Its hard for them to defend freedom! when they are chipping away at our own . thx

    March 1, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. kevin c

    Seriously, Kerry should do us Americans a favor and just STFU.

    March 1, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    At this point, the chicken hawks would have invaded the Ukraine, and then blamed someone else for their stupidity. They seem to follow the motto, "war first, diplomacy next year."

    March 1, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Dean Michael Jackson

    Have you noticed anything strange about the media coverage in the Ukraine? Notice we're getting no news from the media on the massive convulsions taking place across Ukraine. Only selected areas of Kiev and Sevastopol are being reported on. Do you know why the media blackout? This is why...

    Russia is attempting to re-stabilize the Ukraine from a Communist strategist's perspective, because spontaneous, non-government-sanctioned demonstrations broke out all over the Ukraine, toppling the statues of Lenin that were supposed to have been toppled 23-years ago.

    The collapse of the USSR was a strategic ruse, and such intervention allows Russia to enter CIS nations should there be real revolutions that attempt to topple Soviet era Communist Party member presidents and governments. That means those relatively weaker CIS governments have less territory to suppress true revolutions, since Russian military forces will handle the ethnic Russian territories.

    Now you know why Kiev demonstrators were assisting Ukraine security forces last week in guarding Kiev'e government buildings (including the President's private residence outside Kiev!), because spontaneous, non-government approved demonstrations erupted all over the Ukraine, toppling the Lenin statues that were supposed to have been toppled 23-years go. As such , Ukraine's security services were stretched thin, necessitating those security forces posing as demonstrators in Kiev to take up security positions in the capital.

    Now, take a look at the main paper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…

    Google: 'Krasnaya Zvezda'

    “Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for "Red Star", the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper's official designation is, "Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense." Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin's head, the man who removed the independent Russian nation from the map, supplanting it within the new nation called the USSR (the USSR being the nation that was to one day include all the nations of the Earth, incorporation taking place either by violent revolution or deception)! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin's head can't still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense's newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution.

    The fraudulent "collapse" of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn't have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan's favorite phrase, "Trust, but verify". Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the "alternative" media. When determining whether the "former" USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the "former" USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it's the fate of the West that's at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

    Purpose for the fake Kiev protests...

    The protests were manufactured by Moscow in union with the Ukrainian government to facilitate Kiev “giving in” to the protesters’ demand that the Ukraine join the European Union Association, the ultimate purpose for joining so that the Ukraine will be one of the first nations to leave the EU, after it formally joins the EU, resulting in its collapse. The Ukraine's exit will have a more dramatic effect because the Ukraine put up such a fight to join the EU in the first place. Europe will then form a new union with Russia, from the ‘Atlantic to Vladivostok’, which will accomplish two goals for Communist Strategists, (1) the further isolation of the United States in the world; and (2) the end of NATO.

    March 1, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Mark Z.

    Invasion of sovereign territory? Like Iraq, Panama, Grenada and Libya?

    March 1, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. TK

    If Reagan was president now, Putin would probably listen. Putin knows Obama will not do anything. There you have it.

    March 1, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    President Turchynov???

    March 1, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |

    There will come a time when a backwoods republican will look mighty inviting .You might as well make a appoitment and change to republican ! You are already one and just dont know it yet . thx

    March 1, 2014 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. ED1

    Do you really think Putin gives a rats ass what we think the answer is no we have already proven time and time again we are full of hot air nobody cares what we think anymore.

    March 1, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Joe

    It is unbelievable. USA giving lessons of how bad is to invade a country? What the heck USA is even daring to give opinion on something that it is not its concern? Why did USA not invade Syria iknowing the crimes committed there instead of getting involved in something that is only Russia problem? I see USA arrogance at its best. Obama, as many predicted, is a fraud.

    March 1, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. iski

    The president states stay out of the ukraine, got news for you mr. pres. they are in the ukraine.

    March 1, 2014 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. iski

    Protection of minority rights how about this protection of peoples rights. I believe his not only talking to certain ethnic groups.

    March 1, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Charlie

    Kerry, no one cares what you have to say! you and President Obozo are a disgrace to the world and USA

    March 1, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. Charlie

    both of you are weak! no leadership, just idle threats! go away please.

    March 1, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Obama 2016

    Translation. We are not going to the G8 in Sochi.

    March 2, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. Chris

    We recognize the new government? So much for free elections and democracy. Get the minority to raise enough hell and who needs elections!!!

    March 2, 2014 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. Vladimir Pooten

    I kinda doubt that Putin would even care to listen to Kerry or anyone now. He's set in this mind to take Ukraine and no one dares to stop him. Putin is making Hitler so proud in his grave now!

    March 2, 2014 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. NoL

    What Kerry seems to fail to recognize is that Russia doesn't recognize the Current Government in Ukraine...

    March 2, 2014 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  22. Reggie Heffelfinger

    Keep out of where we dont belong. As you can see Russia takes care of it's borders the USA has shown it does not!

    March 2, 2014 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  23. bill

    "Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia ... the 1980s, they're now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years," Obama said.

    March 2, 2014 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  24. noname

    The fact is part of Ukraine feels Russian, and they'd much prefer to be part of Russia. However all you hear is the west asking for unity. When the ELECTED government was overthrown you didn't ask for unity. Such hypocrisy. This is clearly an extension of an even colder war against Russia, first with the support of the US to Georgia, now with the destabilization of Ukraine.

    March 2, 2014 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  25. Tampa Tim

    I wonder what would be wrong with working with our allies and the UN to put an end to Russian aggression. The republican war machine wants something done right now, but they have no idea what that is, other than something out of the final scenes of "Animal House." Libertarians are waiting to hear from Rand Paul, to see if foreign intervention is now OK. This act of war, gives the Republicans an opportunity to talk tough, but they will offer no realistic plans as usual.

    To borrow the language of a south Florida car dealer, this will be "Huge." If it is done correctly, the entire world will line up against Russia.

    March 2, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
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