The U.S. leader said while delivering his speech at the 71st UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing TIME.
"In Europe, the progress of those countries in the former Soviet bloc that embraced democracy stand in clear contrast to those that did not. After all, the people of Ukraine did not take to the streets because of some plot imposed from abroad. They took to the streets because their leadership was for sale and they had no recourse. They demanded change because they saw life get better for people in the Baltics and in Poland, societies that were more liberal, and democratic, and open than their own," Obama said on democratic changes in Ukraine.
He stressed that many transformations have taken place in "countries as different as Japan and Chile, Indonesia, Botswana. The countries that have succeeded are ones in which people feel they have a stake.
The U.S. president also noted that countries that are applying force might as well diminish their stature. He mentioned the Russian Federation:
"In a world that left the age of empire behind, we see Russia attempting to recover lost glory through force."
"If Russia continues to interfere in the affairs of its neighbors, it may be popular at home, it may fuel nationalist fervor for a time, but over time it is also going to diminish its stature and make its borders less secure," Obama noted.
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