Skip to comments.Obama imposes sanctions on Russian officials, ousted Ukrainian president
Posted on 03/17/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
KIEV, Ukraine Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The sanctions were the most visible sign of U.S. anger at Russia's attempt to absorb the Crimea region of southern Ukraine, reflecting the deepest plunge in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.
The sanctions came in an executive order signed by Obama a day after a Crimea referendum on Sunday aimed at allowing Russia to annex the autonomous region, a vote that the United States says was illegal and would never be recognized by Washington.
During a White House press briefing, Obama warned that continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine would only increase Russia's isolation and exact a greater toll on its economy.
"If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions," he said.
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Putin will never dare step over another Obama red line./
But no sanctions for Putin!
Whatever happened to those unified severe Western sanctions that Kerry said were coming? Pouting and whining are no substitute for effective leadership.
Can’t...head of state...
The Russians and the world are laughing at Obamas handling of this.
“Do that and I will taunt you again!”
Thanks to Daniel Greenfield for the remarks below to explain where we are with Obozo as POTUS in The Post American order.
The Post-American order stands for nothing except its own dismantling. That is why Obama sets red lines that he wont enforce and issues threats that he doesnt mean.
The only thing less appealing than selfishness is the complete absence of self. The only thing less appealing than empire is an anti-imperialism that so thoroughly negates its own power that it has no influence and no reason to exist.
Post-American America exists to destroy itself. Until that changes, it has nothing to offer the world except membership in a suicide pact.
The EU is going to be the big loser in this and they know it. Obama isn’t helping right now.
Sanctions by executive order is a very very bad way to make US foreign policy, given that a misstep by one thin skinned unhinged man can lead to war.
That’s why I thought we had a Senate to deliberate on that.
Obama must have world leaders shaking in their boots. lol
Just exactly who is isolated obammy? You're out there all by your lonesome you pathetic loser.
Mom jeans has his knickers in a bunch.
A travel ban on 11 people. Wow.
Putin’s response will be to send more Russian troops into Ukraine outside of Crimea. He already has some in Kherson. That will make the kenyan and the EU look like the impotent fools that they are.
A small list of people:
1. Can’t travel to the US
2. Have their US bank accounts frozen
That’ll stop ‘em. Mine is paying about 1% interest.
While travel in the US is a big deal to me, I assume these guys’ bucket lists include countries other than the US of A.
Unless he puts the hurt on the 40 or so Russian oligarchs Putey workd for its not going to have any effect.
Surely when Putin (and the Chinese) bail out of the USD, Angela Merkel will stand with the man whose NSA spied on her
I would watch China closely for defensive financial moves to protect itself and to stand by Putin. The precedent he is establishing in Crimea could prove quite useful to future Chinese territorial ex[pansion
Obama, let’s not let him answer the 2am phone calls. Can we call forward to Dick Cheney or someone else?
Obama is too busy worrying about his next vacation and how best to implement socialism.
Well, that’ll teach ‘em. Next, Obama will say something snarky about Putin on Snap Chat.
OUCH, That’s gonna hurt! /sarc.
Barry doesn’t care about American sovereignty, why would he care about Crimea’s? Enough fake outrage already, Barry! Elections have catastrophes!
Pffffttt. Putin is laughing so hard he tossed his vodka thru his nose.
I shouldn’t laugh at this, but if I didn’t, I’d start crying.
We have sunk so low since Ronald Reagan was President. Back then you could be sure the Soviet Union wouldn’t dare to do anything lest it incurred the wrath of the US We had fear through strength. We don’t have that today.
Mac daddies threars to Russia are as meaningless as his promises to Americans.
So, he puts “sanctions” on Viktor Yanukovich for being deposed from elected office by bloody revolutionaries funded by George Soros and the CIA?
Actually, we haven’t heard from Yanukovich for some time, and according to one story, he died from a “heart attack.” Possibly that was because he failed to do his job right, and Putin didn’t want him around making any more trouble.
Presumably Obama can do this by Executive Order, without consulting congress, since this is a “national emergency.” A bloody revolution right next door to us, threatening our borders! So we’ll sanction the guys who got kicked out!
Don't take sides. Sit on the fence for now. Chances are bozo may be doing the correct thing for once.
Corruption in russia may be exposed now, and for revenge, russia may do the same in USA. THAT would be cool to watch.
Few years back Russia retaliated against American sanctions by not allowing Americans to adopt Russian orphans. Given the seriousness of the current situation, Putin is considering not to sell their automobiles Ladas and Volgas to the American public.
The British are so right. He is a Pantywaist, but not presidential
You call these sanctions? Selecting a few dozen people for visa restrictions is not exactly a reason to go to war. It is laughable. Better to do nothing at all then such a meaningless action. It shows how powerless we really are.
You do notice that there is hardly any mention, especially on TV, that Obama and EU sent agitators over there to set up the overthrow of Yanukovich in order to install their own NWO sock puppet.
Yanukovich was bad, but an election was coming up. I figure Soros didn’t figure his guy would win.
This is sold on TV as though Putin started this all. What he did, was react. I doubt he would have chose this thing to happen while the Olympics were happening.
So, are these the people who have already been pulling their money out of US banks for the past week?
Putin was an opportunist, he knew he had the pretext to finally do what he’s been wanting to do for years.
The President can do it thru the visa issuing function of the State Department. It is done all the time. Remember Gerry Adams?
Of course! It’s not like Putin has done anything like this in the past, or threatened to do it in the future! Oh, wait . . . .
"You brute, You brute, You vicious brute!"
I’m sure Putin broke down in tears when he heard the news /s
True, but we really didn’t need this right now. Since Obama, there hasn’t been a moment of peace. Leave it to Obama to give our foes the upper hand.
It has become intolerable.
Personal sanctions? Not a BFD.
Obama’s big on symbolism over substance. But, here he reality of the situation is that symbolism won’t do anything, and Russia is going to keep control of the Crimea. Heck, the only reason the Crimea was part of the Ukraine was because of a book-keeping entry made by Khruschev moving it from one administrative pocket SSR to another.
Now, it is true that Putin stacked the deck with some thuggish behavior from his military, but the reality remains the same. The Crimea is more a part of Russia than Europe, and Sevastopol was never going to be part of the EU.
so the principle is, the president of the US can unilaterally order sanctions against the citizens and assets of a foreign nation... just not “big” sanctions
I suppose you were only on the list if your money was already gone. :>)