Obama announces more Russian sanctions
March 20th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama announces more Russian sanctions

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced more sanctions on individuals and one bank in response to Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula, as well as a new executive order that authorizes possible further sanctions on what he called "key sectors" of the Russian economy.

"We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny and have good relations with the United States, Russia, Europe - anyone they choose," the President  said in calling for continued diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis over Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula.

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  1. smith

    @Brandon- Thanks to Bush the US does not want act with the military against Russia? GOOD! Do you want WW3?

    March 20, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. jj

    He did something? Bad or Good?

    March 20, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Dod he increase the number of Russians he sanctioned from 7 to 12?

    March 20, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Norfolk, VA

    Tampa Tim

    Republican hero, Putin, will soon have Russians in the street demanding his ouster. Russia is weak, has a fragile economy, and most intelligent Russians know it.
    YOU really are clueless, the majority of Russains support Putin, do the majority of Americans support OBama, I think not. Republican hero? Considering the Republicans want additional sanctions on Russia, your statement makes no sense, just like you do not most of the time.

    March 20, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Jim970

    Talk about your weak kneed, mealy mouthed response. But then..... Could it be that Obama really does not want to "punish" Putin at all? Could it be that he actually supports Russia's actions but has to do something to make Americans think he is really in charge and taking action?

    March 20, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. brave soldier

    To the ones who call Obama weak, Join the service be at the front of the line when this goes south because it will and when you get there don't run and hide stand up for your country it's easy to stand behind a computer and armchair yourselves with strength laughable you all are at least I served my country what have you done?

    March 20, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So do you really think that anybody will care what Obama does? He is so timid in his reaction that what he does seems so non consequential.

    I thought he was a tyrant and dictator. Now he is weak. Can you simpletons get on the same page with your lies?

    March 20, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Romo

    Putin and the world is once again laughing at this spineless president America has. Obama. Biden, Kerry and Hillary Benghazi the four stooges of the world.

    March 20, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Rusty Krus

    Were you tough guys calling Bush weak and spineless when Putin went in and took over Georgia? Bush did a lot less than Obama is doing now.

    March 20, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Norfolk, VA

    What needs to be done is to accept Ukraine into NATO, by doing that they come under the protection of NATO countries. Second the US needs to bypass all the red tape and ship natural gas to them. That makes them less dependent on Russia. Considering the majority of water and electric going to Crimea comes from the eastern part of the country. Then they can shut off electric and water to Crimea, let Russia support Crimea.

    March 20, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Ol' Yeller

    @Rudy NYC
    "Had Democrats done this during the Bush administration, Republicans would have labeled them traitors and un-American. Curiously, when Republians do this to Democrats, Republicans label themselves as patriots and American heroes."
    It isn't curious... it is hypocrisy. It would be curious if they weren't doing it. The republicants have never won an election (and never will) on ideas, good policy, or sound judgement. They just lie and criticize and make stuff up. They did it with Carter, Clinton, Obama, and they will continue to do it, because it is all they got.
    No merits, just we ain't as bad as that guy who somehow got mud splattered all over him
    How'd that happen? (notice they ALL love Bill Clinton now- but they said the same lies about him that they are telling on Obama).
    I know I'm preaching to the choir here....

    March 20, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Sensei

    Funny how these GOP fake tough guys call Obama weak. You know what happened when Russia invaded Georgia under bush? NOTHING! Which is why he did it again. Anything Obama does is way more than what our sunday show GOP tough guys have ever done to Russia.

    March 20, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Sammy Kaliffa

    @Fair is Fair
    Dod he increase the number of Russians he sanctioned from 7 to 12?

    "Dod"? Didn't he retire from the Senate?

    March 20, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Solomon Walker

    Mr. Obama needs to stop stealing my words.

    There is nothing good about it. CNN's publishing his borrowed statements is a crime, too.

    My God, America – talk about embarrassing. Nothing like watching the man that claims to be a president borrowing his material from news comments.

    March 20, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Michael Bohm at the independent Moscow Times believes the real question is whether Putin will stop with Crimea.

    The Russians have a saying: “Appetite comes with eating.” As soon as Putin starts devouring a chunk of Ukraine and really savouring it, the more Ukrainian territory he will want …

    The imperial euphoria over annexing Crimea will probably last for a month or two. But after that, Russians will feel the high cost of U.S. and European sanctions, a continued drop in the ruble — increase in prices for food and other imported goods and capital flight. At some point, ordinary Russians who are far removed from Crimea will ask themselves whether Putin’s imperial ambitions are really worth the economic cost, estimated at $5-billion a year.

    March 20, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. A brave Soldier

    I am also a ex-soldier…I agree with brave soldier but I still believe our president is clueless…He pitches hissy fits and wants to sanction the world….Hell the US has been under sanctions since he became president..We are a JOKE to the world….they know at the present time we are all talk and have a spineless president and they fully take advantage of our situation

    March 20, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Russia

    Gyus, for me it's funny joke. For our country (i live in Russia and I pride it) Obama's sanctions it's stuff. While American's mercenaries continue to make the cut in Ukraine, we continue laugh the actions of our Mr. President and European Union

    March 20, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    @Rusty Krus
    "Were you tough guys calling Bush weak and spineless when Putin went in and took over Georgia? Bush did a lot less than Obama is doing now."

    Same reason they howl like spider monkeys over Obama's diplomacy regarding Iran's nuclear program, but didn't seem to have a problem with N Korea getting a nuke (sorry, nucular weapon- gotta talk bush talk or they don't get it) on bush's watch.
    Pure unadulterated hypocrisy.
    Like claiming to be Family Values Party, but electing disgraced govenor mark sanford.
    It's an everyday thing....

    March 20, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Norfolk – Read much? While Putin is selling the nationalism crap to Russians, in a month or two, the Russians will begin to notice the 5 billion they lost through sanctions brought on by Putin's stupidity.

    March 20, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Ted Ward

    The only thing good about Obama is that nobody but nobody can say the US hasn't bent over backwards to be agreeable, non-aggressive, cooperative, peaceful, in every way in order to promote a better more secure and less conflict ridden future for the world. Putin has by his opportunistic aggression shown this to have been a naive approach. So sad. The entire world will suffer as a result.

    March 20, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Erik

    It never surprises me anymore, that whenever the President speak..his pundits come out labeling him as weak. As a person who served in the military, and now work with wounded veterans, I thank the President for having the forsight not to take military action. Why is military action always viewed as a show of might..have we not lost enough lives? this President like him or hate him, has the mental capacity to realise that losing lives should always be the last resort.

    March 20, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. yeahright

    "Obama is too weak, not doing anything, only a community organizer" AND the next day
    "Obama is taking over and doing too much, a dictator!"

    It is comical. The guy is a weak, effete, feckless spineless tyrant autocrat dictator king according to these nimrods.

    By the way, what exactly did Bush do when Putin invaded Georgia? Nothing.

    March 20, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Let me get this straight...our president is a weak and spineless dictator? Does anyone else see the irony here?

    March 20, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Dems in PA

    Blah blah blah, Blah blah blah, Blah blah blah, nobody cares and nobody is listing to Obama; Obama the comic; he has them laughing now.

    March 20, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Sammy Kaliffa

    @Fair is Fair
    Dod he increase the number of Russians he sanctioned from 7 to 12?

    "Dod"? Didn't he retire from the Senate?
    Guess you never miskeyed a letter... you know, when they're right next to each other on the keyboard. Must be tough being you.

    P.S. It was "Dodd'. Ever hear of glass houses?

    March 20, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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