President Obama stated clearly that the U.S. is not considering arming or providing lethal aid to Ukraine to defend its sovereignty against pro-Russian forces.
“I’ve been very clear that military options are not on the table in Ukraine because this is not a situation that would be amenable to a military solution,” he told reporters Thursday afternoon during a White House press conference.
Obama made the statement in response to questions on whether the U.S. was considering providing any arms to Ukraine.
The president said he hoped Russia will abide by an agreement struck Thursday in Geneva between Russian, Ukrainian, U.S. and European officials. The goal of that preliminary deal, Obama said, is to have pro-Russian “irregular forces” that are active in Ukraine disarm and stop seizing government buildings and territory so Kiev can move forward with elections and “start getting their economic house in order.”
After the talks in Geneva, earlier Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia has agreed to refrain from violence and from encouraging separatist groups. In return, Ukraine has pledged amnesty to all of the pro-Russian separatists who have seized territory in eastern Ukraine as long as they lay down their weapons and disperse.
Obama cautioned that the agreement could fall apart at any moment but he was hopeful that the Russians would take the steps necessary to de-escalate the situation.
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