This was stated by U.S. President Barack Obama in his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Sept. 28, Censor.NET reports.
"America has few economic interests in Ukraine. We recognize the deep common history between Russia and Ukraine. But we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated. If that happens without consequence in Ukraine it could happen to any nation represented here today," the U.S. president said.
This motivation was the basis of the U.S. sanctions against Russia, Obama said. "It's not a desire to return to the Cold War," the president of the United States commented on the claims of the Russian mass media controlled by the state.
According to Obama, sanctions led to fallen ruble, bad economy, and emigration of educated Russians.
"Imagine instead if Russia had engaged in true diplomacy," Obama said. "It would be much better for Ukraine, Russia, and the world... We do not want isolated Russia, we want strong Russia in the world as a whole."
The U.S. president also stressed that the United States continued insisting the crisis in Ukraine to be solved and the state to regain control over its territory.