Obama signs bill to assist Ukraine as he admonishes Russia

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 allows the U.S. to help Ukraine restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity

Obama signs bill to assist Ukraine as he admonishes Russia

World Bulletin / News Desk

US President Barack Obama signed a bill Thursday to help Ukraine and demanded Russia to end “its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea.”

 The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 allows the U.S. to assist the government of Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We again call on Russia to end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, cease support to separatists in eastern Ukraine, and implement the obligations it signed up to under the Minsk agreements," Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

"Our goal is to promote a diplomatic solution that provides a lasting resolution to the conflict and helps to promote growth and stability in Ukraine and regionally, including in Russia."  

The statement also hinted at an olive branch to Russia. "We remain prepared to roll back sanctions should Russia take the necessary steps." Obama said.

The U.S. and its European allies have imposed a series of sanctions on Russia’s economy and key figures in response to the country’s actions in Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea in March.

US WILL NOT USE THE LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE NEW PENALTIES ON MOSCOW

U.S. President Barack Obama will sign a Russian sanctions bill passed by the U.S. Congress but will not yet use the legislation to impose new penalties on Moscow, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.

Earnest, briefing reporters, reiterated that the United States is prepared to roll back U.S. sanctions already imposed against Russia if it takes steps to ease tensions over its aggression against Ukraine.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2014, 10:11
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