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Obama 'deeply concerned' by Russian military moves in Ukraine

Published on Mar 1, 2014 7:20 AM
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the situation in Ukraine from the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, on Feb 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said on Friday he was deeply concerned about reports of Russian military activity in Ukraine and warned there would be costs to any infringement of its sovereignty.

"The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," Mr Obama told reporters at the White House.

"We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," he said.

Mr Obama recognized that Russia had interests and cultural and economic ties with Ukraine, following the ouster of the pro-Moscow government in Kiev, and also had a military facility in Crimea.

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