President Obama condemns Russian ‘aggression’ in Ukraine


Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania will never stand alone, he said. US President meets Ukraine President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Warsaw marked 25 years since the fall of communism in Poland.

US President Barack Obama has condemned Russian “aggression” in Ukraine. Speaking in Warsaw to mark 25 years since the fall of communism in Poland, he hailed Polish democracy as a beacon for neighbouring Ukraine, the BBC reports.
“How can we allow the dark tactics of the 20th Century to define the 21st?” he said.
Earlier Mr Obama met Ukraine President-elect Petro Poroshenko, and pledged support for plans to restore peace to the country.
Mr Obama called Mr Poroshenko a “wise selection” to lead Ukraine, and said the nation could become a vibrant, thriving democracy if the world community stood behind it.
Mr Obama has said he will offer US support as Kiev tries to settle a gas bill with Russian supplier Gazprom, which has threatened to cut supply.
In his speech, the US president said that Poland’s long struggle against occupation and tyranny was mirrored in the plight of Ukraine today. “We will not accept Russia’s occupation of Crimea or its violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Mr Obama said. “As we’ve been reminded by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, our free nations cannot be complacent in pursuit of the vision we share – a Europe that is whole and free and at peace.”
Speaking at a Freedom Day event in Warsaw, Obama hailed Poland’s first partially free election in 1989 as a “landslide victory for freedom,” the Voice of America reports. “Bigger nations must not be allowed to bully the small, or impose their will at the barrel of a gun or with masked men taking over buildings,” Obama said.
The president also underlined America’s commitment to its NATO allies. “An attack on one is an attack on all. … We stand together, now and forever, for your freedom is ours,” Obama said.
“Poland will never stand alone. Estonia will never stand alone. Latvia will never stand alone. Lithuania will never stand alone. Romania will never stand alone,” he added.
“These are not just words,” Obama said. “They are unbreakable commitments backed by the strongest alliance in the world and by the armed forces of the United States of America: the most powerful military in history.”
Romanian President Traian Basescu was on Tuesday and Wednesday in Warsaw to participate in celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s democratic liberation and attended a working lunch extended by United States President Barack Obama and Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski, having meetings with the present heads of state, according to Agerpres.
Russia ready for dialogue with US, Putin says
In an interview with French TF-1 TV channel and radio station Europe-1 Putin said dialogue was the best way to build bridges, itar-tass.com informs.
Russia is still ready for a dialogue with the US, which is the best way to reach mutual understanding, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with French TF-1 TV channel and radio station Europe-1. Extracts from the interview were released on Wednesday morning.
“I have no reasons to believe the US president does not want to talk to the Russian president, but, after all, he is free to do so,” Putin said. “I am always ready for a dialogue and think this is the best way to build bridges.” Until now, the two leaders had spoken on the telephone several times, he added.
Putin pointed to Washington’s highly aggressive actions on the international arena.

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