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In an interview with a San Diego television station, President Barack Obama says the ratcheting up of the pressure against ...
Russia does not include what he called getting into what a military excursion in Ukraine. (March 19)
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SHOTLIST:NBC 7 SAN DIEGO - Courtesy - No Access CaliforniaSan Diego, California - March 19, 20141. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Barack Obama (NO Super) "We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine. What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong coalition that sends a clear message....that Ukraine should decide their own destiny. Russia is violating international law and the sovereignty of another country. Might doesn't make right. We are going to continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia as it continues down its current course."2. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Barack Obama (NO Super) "Mr. Putin decided that he didn't want the Ukrainians about their own future. But the truth of the matter is the issue of Ukraine is so close to Russia's core security, they actually have seen a lot of countries say, 'We don't want to be under the thumb of Russian decision-making, we want to make our own decisions about who we are dealing with. We want to deal with Russia and the West, and America and other parts of the world. I guess he's not comfortable with that, but his strategic decisions are in no way based on whether he thought we might go to war over this. I think there is a clear understanding that when it comes to our core interest or our NATO allies, we can protect ourselves."STORYLINE:President Barack Obama says the U.S. won't take military action against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. The president says his administration will ratchet up the pressure on Russia, taking steps in addition to the already announced sanctions.But in an interview with NBC 7 San Diego, the president said the U.S. wouldn't get involved in what he called a military excursion in Ukraine, saying to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine.Vice President Joe Biden, in Lithuania trying to reassure nations bordering Russia alarmed by the sight of an expansion-minded neighbor, said the U.S. would stand by them. In Washington, the Pentagon said it would participate as planned in a multinational military exercise this summer in Ukraine. Dubbed "Rapid Trident," the ground maneuvers have been held annually for a number of years with forces from Britain and other NATO countries as well as Ukraine, which has a partner relationship with NATO but is not a member.The Pentagon gave no details on the number of U.S. forces expected to participate or when the exercises would be held. Last year, the two-week maneuvers involving 17 nations were held in July.Meanwhile, in a warning to Moscow, Biden declared that the United States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, including neighbors to Russia.