#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – May 02 – US President Barack Obama said that Russia’s stance on Ukraine should be taken into consideration.
“Russia has legitimate interests in terms of what happens next door in Ukraine. Obviously, there’s a deep and complicated history between Russia and Ukraine.
And so of course Putin’s views should be taken into account,” he told journalists during a joint media conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“What can’t be taken into account is Mr. Putin’s suggestion, both through words and actions, that he has the right to violate the sovereignty of another country, to violate its territorial integrity, to dictate the economic policies or foreign policy of a sovereign country,” Obama said. “That’s not acceptable.”
“Our view has been from the start has been that the Ukrainians should be able to make their own decisions. And I’m very confident that if Ukrainians were allowed to make their own decisions, then they will choose to have a good relationship with Russia as well as a good relationship with Europe, that they’ll want to trade with Russia, and they’ll want to trade with Europe,” he added.