During a question period at the White House last Monday with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama said:
I think the world is largely united in recognizing that the steps
Russiahas taken are a violation of Ukraine’ssovereignty and territorial integrity; a violation of international law. My dream is to be able to see the Ukrainianpeople determine their own destiny. What cannot be done is for Russia, with impunity, to put its soldiers on the ground and violate basic principles that are recognized around the world. I think the strong condemnation that it has received from countries around the world indicates the degree to which Russiais on the wrong side of history on this.
The unavoidable irony of the situation was lost on everyone.
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