President Barack Obama delivered remarks to European youths today at the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, where the President spoke about the relationship between the United States and Europe and discussed the history and values shared by the two regions.
"I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced around the world, because the contest of ideas continues," President Obama said. "And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine today."
The President then outlined how the United States and Europe are responding to the sitution in Ukraine. The President said,"...Over the last several days, the United States, Europe, and our partners around the world have been united in defense of these ideals, and united in support of the Ukrainian people. Together, we’ve condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and rejected the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum. Together, we have isolated Russia politically, suspending it from the G-8 nations and downgrading our bilateral ties. Together, we are imposing costs through sanctions that have left a mark on Russia and those accountable for its actions. And if the Russian leadership stays on its current course, together we will ensure that this isolation deepens. Sanctions will expand. And the toll on Russia’s economy, as well as its standing in the world, will only increase."
"...And meanwhile, the United States and our allies will continue to support the government of Ukraine as they chart a democratic course," President Obama continued. "What we want is for the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions, just like other free people around the world."
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