Obama: Actions in Ukraine Put Russia ‘On the Wrong Side of History’

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently announced that the United States will offer $1 billion to Ukraine in loans to aid the new opposition government transition in the face of military, economic, and political pressure from Russia. Kerry is currently in Kiev, Ukraine, accompanied by Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Toria Nuland and others, with a schedule for discussion with the Rada, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.

The loan itself comes with promises of assistance to the nation in economic and technical areas, according to the Washington Post, but there is a distinct lack of promised military support. “We’re going to continue to engage diplomatically. It’s the time for diplomacy. Nobody wants this to spiral in a worse direction,” Kerry tweeted on Sunday. He later said: “This is not the way modern nations resolve problems. There is still a right set of options. Not invasion.”

According to Kerry, the U.S. has made a number of moves to punish Russia’s current behavior, including stopping preparations for the Group of 8 summit, ending military contact, and ceasing economic discussion with Russia. The Guardian quoted Kerry saying, “Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for Russia to invade further” and that the country must “return forces to barracks and engage in legitimate policy of de-escalation,” or the U.S. and other nations will increase isolation.

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