EN|RU|UK
 World
  3618

 Russian aggression against Ukraine threatening US vision of Europe that is whole, free and at peace, Obama says

U.S. President Barack Obama says that Russian aggression has flagrantly violated the sovereignty and territory of an independent European nation, Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe delivered earlier today, April 25, in Hannover, Germany.

"Russian aggression has flagrantly violated the sovereignty and territory of an independent European nation, Ukraine, and that unnerves our allies in Eastern Europe, threatening our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. And it seems to threaten the progress that's been made since the end of the Cold War," he said.

Read more: "We have to resolve conflict in Ukraine," - Obama at press conference with Cameron

"Just as we stand firm in our own defense, we have to uphold our most basic principles of our international order, and that's a principle that nations like Ukraine have the right to choose their own destiny. Remember that it was Ukrainians on the Maidan, many of them your age, reaching out for a future with Europe that prompted Russia to send in its military. After all that Europe endured in the 20th century, we must not allow borders to be redrawn by brute force in the 21st century. So we should keep helping Ukraine with its reforms to improve its economy and consolidate its democracy and modernize its forces to protect its independence," Barack Obama said.
 
 
 
 up