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POTUSA, Barack Hussein Obama, Brings Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Together.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

US President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador’s Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

 

 

Remarks by President Obama, President Park of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Abe of Japan

 

U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
The Hague, The Netherlands

6:38 P.M. CET

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I want to thank President Park and Prime Minister Abe for being here today.  I have worked closely with both the President and the Prime Minister, but this is the first time the three of us have had an opportunity to meet together and discuss some of the serious challenges that we all face.

 

Obviously Japan and the Republic of Korea are two of our closest allies in the world and our two most significant and powerful allies in the Asia Pacific region.  The ties between our peoples run deep.  We do an extraordinary amount of trade together.  Our alliances with South Korea and Japan uphold regional peace and security.  So our meeting today is a reflection of the United States’ critical role in the Asia Pacific region, but that role depends on the strength of our alliances.

 

One of the things that brings us together today is our shared concern about North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. Over the last five years, close coordination between our three countries has succeeded in changing the game with North Korea, and our trilateral cooperation has sent a strong signal to Pyongyang that its provocations and threats will be met with a unified response and that the U.S. commitment to the security of both Japan and the Republic of Korea is unwavering, and that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable.

 

So I very much look forward to discussing some of the specific steps that we can take to deepen that coordination in terms of both diplomacy and military cooperation.  And that includes joint exercises and on missile defense.

 

So, again, I want to thank President Park and Prime Minister Abe for being here after a long summit.  I appreciate their delegations being here as well.  I think it’s very important for our three nations to display this kind of unity and shared determination.  It’s an important message to our citizens; it’s an important message to the Asia Pacific region.  And this also gives me an opportunity to lay the groundwork for even more productive meetings when I visit both the Republic of Korea and Japan in April.

 

So, thank you again, Madam Prime Minister — Madam President and Mr. Prime Minister.  Thank you very much.

 

PRESIDENT PARK:  (As interpreted.)  Given the increasingly uncertain developments in North Korea, the critical need for closer coordination among the three countries with regard to North Korea, the North Korean nuclear issue, the chance to engage in an exchange of views with President Obama and Prime Minister Abe is very significant.  The North Korean nuclear issue poses a major threat to peace and stability in the region, and it is vital that the international community, including Korea, the U.S. and Japan, fashion a united response.

 

The fact that the leaders of the three countries have gathered together and they’re discussing the issue of the North Korean nuclear weapons issue is in and of itself very significant.  Should North Korea embark on the path to denuclearization on the basis of sincerity, then there will be a way forward to address the difficulties confronting the North Korean people.

 

The United States has worked very hard to make today’s meeting happen.  I sincerely hope that this meeting will offer a chance for us to reaffirm our trilateral coordination and strengthen cooperation on the nuclear front.

 

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  I am so delighted that we are able to hold the Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea trilateral summit today.  I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to President Obama for hosting this summit.  And I am so very happy to be able to see President Park Geun-Hye.

 

It is highly meaningful and also timely that the leaders of the three countries sharing basic values and strategic interests are gathering together to have extensive discussions of security.  Particularly, it is extremely important to be able to confirm close cooperation amongst Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea on the issue of North Korea.  And the three countries would like to cooperate so that North Korea will be able to take a positive stance with regard to nuclear and missile issues and also humanitarian issues, such as the separated families of the Republic of Korea.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much, everybody.

 

END
6:44 P.M. CET

 

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama. © Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama. © Reuters

 

 

Obama brings leaders of Japan, SKorea together

 

BY JIM KUHNHENN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama scored a small but significant diplomatic coup Tuesday by bringing together the leaders of key Asian allies Japan and South Korea for their first face-to-face meeting since they both took office more than a year ago.

 

Most Japanese leaders meet their South Korean counterparts within the first year in office. The failure of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye to sit down with each other within that period of time has been a source of deep concern for the United States.

 

Knowing that all three would be in the Netherlands to attend the third installment of Obama’s nuclear security summit, the White House arranged a meeting among the leaders. Obama played middle man, with Park seated to his right and Abe to his left.

 

Addressing the media before the meeting, the leaders focused on the security threat posed by North Korea. But it is also no secret that diplomatic ties between Asia’s two wealthiest democracies have been severely strained due to South Korea’s lingering resentment over Japanese misconduct during World War II. That includes Japan’s wartime system in which thousands of Korean and other women were forced to provide sex in military brothels, and suspicions of Abe’s nationalist and revisionist tendencies.

 

Photo By Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP  South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a trilateral meeting with President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

Photo By Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a trilateral meeting with President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador’s Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

 

Tensions between the countries worsened after Abe in December visited a major shrine honoring Japanese war dead.

 

Obama said the leaders were united by “our shared concern about North Korea and its nuclear weapons program.”

 

“Close coordination between our three countries has succeeded in changing the game with North Korea, and our trilateral cooperation has sent a strong signal to Pyongyang that its provocations and threats will be met with a unified response and that the U.S. commitment to the security of both Japan and the Republic of Korea is unwavering, and that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable,” Obama said.

 

A senior member of Obama’s administration said afterward that the issue of strained relations between Japan and South Korea did not come up during the meeting. The focus was on North Korea, and some regional security issues also were discussed, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the president’s private meeting.

 

Since pulling out of six-party talks aimed at ending its nuclear program in exchange for financial assistance in 2009, North Korea has conducted a long-range rocket test, its second nuclear test and, most recently, multiple launches of short-range rockets.

 

 

Photo By Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a trilateral meeting with President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

Photo By Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a trilateral meeting with President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the US Ambassador’s Residence in the Hague, Netherlands.

 

A North Korean diplomat Monday criticized the U.S. for conducting military exercises near its borders and accused the U.S. of undermining prospects for undermining the prospect of improved relations with South Korea.

 

Park said North Korea should change its behavior.

 

“Should North Korea embark on a path toward denuclearization on the basis of sincerity, then there will be a way forward to address the difficulties confronting the North Korean people,” she said.

 

Abe told reporters earlier Tuesday that he was looking to a “future-oriented relationship” with South Korea. At the appearance with Obama, the Japanese leader said he was “so very happy to be able to see” Park.

 

Abe noted that the three countries share “basic values and strategic interests” and should cooperate on security issues as well, particularly relating to North Korea.

 

Obama said the meeting gave him an opportunity to lay the groundwork for his April visit to Japan and South Korea.

 

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Associated Press reporter Toby Sterling contributed to this report.

 

 

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8:35 PM: Departed The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, en route Brussels, Belgium.

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9:15 PM: Arrived Brussels, Belgium. President Obama is welcomed by Belgium’s King Philippe (C) and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (L) upon his arrival at Brussels Airport

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WEDNESDAY

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a wreath laying and tour of Flanders Field Cemetery with His Majesty King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium
  • President Obama participates in a EU-U.S. working lunch
  • In the afternoon, President Obama participates in a press conference with President Herman Von Rompuy, President of the European Council, and President Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
  • President Obama meets with employees and families of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Belgium, the EU, and NATO
  • The President participates in a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
  • President Obama delivers a speech at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
  • President Obama travels to Rome, Italy and takes part in an arrival ceremony

 

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President Obama At Closing Session Of The Nuclear Security Summit.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by President Obama at Closing Session of the Nuclear Security Summit

 

The World Forum
The Hague, The Netherlands

President Obama talks nuclear proliferation, NSA oversight with Dutch PM Rutte

 

Published on Mar 25, 2014

President Barack Obama spoke alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, addressing topics including world nuclear proliferation, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and NSA surveillance oversight.

 

 

3:15 P.M. CET

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, thank you very much, Mark.  Let me begin just by saying that — to Prime Minister Rutte and all the people here in the Netherlands who were involved in organizing this summit, you did an extraordinary job.  And I think we would all agree that this was as well-designed and well-executed as any international summit that we’ve attended.  And so we’re very grateful, and you’ve set a high bar for the work that needs to be done in Chicago.

 

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Two things I want to do is, number one, just remind everybody what has been accomplished.  In previous summits, as a consequence to the work that’s been done collectively, 12 countries and two dozen nuclear facilities around the world have rid themselves entirely of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium.  Dozens of nations have boosted security at their nuclear storage sites; built their own counter-smuggling teams; or created new centers to improve nuclear security and training.  The IAEA is stronger.  More countries have ratified the treaties and international partnerships at the heart of our efforts.

 

And at this particular summit, we’ve seen such steps as Belgium and Italy completing the removal of their excess supplies of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium so that those supplied s can be eliminated.  In a major commitment, Japan announced that it will work with the United States to eliminate hundreds of kilograms of weapons-usable nuclear material from one of their experimental reactors, which would be enough for a dozen nuclear weapons.  Dozens of other nations have agreed to take specific steps towards improving nuclear security in their own countries and to support global efforts.

 

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So what’s been valuable about this summit is that it has not just been talk, it’s been action.  And that is because of the leadership that has been shown by heads of state and government — and heads of government that have participated in this effort, as well as the extraordinary work of foreign ministers and sherpas and others who have helped to move this process forward.

 

I’m looking forward to hosting all of you in the United States, in 2016.  We had a good discussion this afternoon about how we should conceive of this summit two years from now.  The consensus, based on what I heard, was that we should recognize this next summit will be a transition summit in which heads of state and government are still participating, but that we are shifting towards a more sustainable model that utilizes our ministers, our technical people, and we are building some sort of architecture that can effectively focus and implement on these issues and supplement the good work that is being done by the IAEA and others.

 

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So I see two tasks before us over the next two years.  Number one is we have to set very clearly what are the actionable items that we’ve already identified that we know can get done if we have the political will to do them, and let’s go ahead and get them done so that in 2016 we can report out that we have made extraordinary progress and achieved many of the benchmarks and targets that we had set at the very first Nuclear Security Summit.  In other words, I think it is important for us not to relax, but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years, sustain momentum so that we finish strong in 2016.  And my team will be contacting all of you to find out specific ways in which you think we can move the ball forward over the next two years.

 

The second thing we’ll be doing is soliciting ideas from each of you about the ultimate architecture that should be constructed to ensure that beyond 2016 we are able to keep this process alive and effective, and that we are able to sync up the efforts of the Nuclear Security Summit with existing institutions like the IAEA, Interpol, the United Nations, some of the treaties that are already in force.

 

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All of you have important views on that, and we’re going to want to make sure that you provide them so that by the time we get to 2016 we have a well thought-out process that can be ratified at that meeting.

 

So I cannot thank you enough for the extraordinary efforts that all of you have already made.  I cannot guarantee that the videos will be as good at the Washington conference as they’ve been here.  We may not be as creative and imaginative as Mark and his team have been.  But I promise you that we will continue to stay focused on this very important issue, and we look forward to your contributions in 2016 in the United States.

 

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Thank you very much, Mark.  (Applause.)

 

END
3:21 P.M. CET

 

 

The World Forum Convention Center in The Hague during the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.

The World Forum Convention Center in The Hague during the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.

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Our Man Barack In The Nederlands: G-7 Summit.


 

By Jueseppi B.

There is a custom in The Nederlands that calls for 3 kisses upon the cheeks....as you can see...

There is a custom in The Nederlands that calls for 3 kisses upon the cheeks….as you can see…

 

The Netherlands (nɛðərləndz/DutchNederland [ˈneːdərˌlɑnt] is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in western Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east; and shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. The country is a parliamentary democracy organised as a unitary state. The capital city of the Netherlands, mandated by the constitution, is Amsterdam, however, the seat of government is located in The Hague. The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland, which in strict usage, refers only to North and South Holland, two of its provinces; however the former usage is generally accepted

 

The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 20% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level. This distinct feature contributes to the country’s name: in Dutch (Nederland), English, and in many other European languages, its name literally means “Low Land” or “Low Countries.” Most of the areas below sea level are man-made, caused by centuries of extensive and poorly controlled peat extraction, lowering the surface by several metres. Even in flooded areas peat extraction continued through turf dredging. From the late 16th century land reclamation started and large polder areas are now preserved through elaborate drainage systems with dikes, canals and pumping stations. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers, which together with their distributaries form the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far south-east and several low hill ranges in the central parts.

 

The Netherlands was one of the first countries to have an elected parliament, and the country is a founding member of the EUG-10NATOOECDWTO and a part of the trilateral Benelux economic union. The Netherlands had the tenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2011. The country is host to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and five international courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol and judicial co-operation agency Eurojust. This has led to the city being dubbed “the world’s legal capital”. The Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. In May 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the “happiest” country according to results published by the OECD.

 

 

In Case You Missed Any Of Day One In The Nederlands:

 

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The Rijksmuseum, The Nederlands.

 

Advancing Global Nuclear Security

 

President Obama Travels To The Netherlands, Meets With World Leaders.

 

 

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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands After Bilateral Meeting

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

March 24, 2014 | 10:15 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands speak to the press after a bilateral meeting a the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

 

 

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Remarks by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China Before Bilateral Meeting

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Xi of China

March 24, 2014 | 12:57 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China speak to the press before a bilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases - March 24, 2014

 

The Hague Declaration

 

Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes

 

President Obama Announces Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

 

Q+A with First Lady Michelle Obama

 

 

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Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security

 

Joint Statement on Countries Free of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)

 

FACT SHEET: Italy Highly Enriched Uranium and Plutonium Removals

 

Joint Statement by the United States and Italy on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

 

Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

 

FACT SHEET: Belgium Highly Enriched Uranium and Plutonium Removals

 

FACT SHEET: Advancing Global Nuclear Security

 

Joint Statement by the United States and the Netherlands on Climate Change and Financing the Transition to Low-Carbon Investments Abroad

 

Joint Statement by the Leaders of Japan and the United States on Contributions to Global Minimization of Nuclear Material

 

FACT SHEET: Cooperation at Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly

 

FACT SHEET: United States-Japan Nuclear Security Working Group

 

 

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On Board With President Obama – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Monday March 24th – President Obama arrives in The Netherlands, tours the Rijksmuseum and holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands, before participating in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the United States Ambassador’s residence before arriving at the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.

 

 

 

 

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Advancing Global Nuclear Security


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Advancing Global Nuclear Security

 

 

Today the world’s leaders gathered at The Hague for the third Nuclear Security Summit, an opportunity to compare notes on how far we’ve come and chart the course ahead as we work to keep sensitive materials — the building blocks of nuclear weapons — from falling into the wrong hands.

 

 

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Two countries — Belgium and Italy — announced the completion of significant removals of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) and plutonium, and Japan made a major new commitment to remove highly enriched uranium and plutonium from its territory. HEU-free countries joined together in urging others to join them. Participants discussed what more we can do together to prevent nuclear smuggling. And leaders participated in a tabletop exercise on responding to radiological incidents.

 

As we look to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in the United States, we’ll continue to work to accelerate progress on removing HEU and separated plutonium from countries where it’s no longer being used. We’ll strengthen the global nuclear security architecture — the treaties, institutions, and norms that bind us together in working to secure these materials. And we’ll continue to build momentum behind the concept of assurances — voluntary steps countries can take to demonstrate to others that they are maintaining high standards of nuclear security without disclosing sensitive information.

 

While there is much more to be done, we should be proud of all that we have achieved since the first Summit in 2010. The United States looks forward to continuing to work with our allies and partners on this global security priority.

 

 

Laura Holgate is the Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction for the National Security Council.

 

 

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3rd Nuclear Security Summit starting on Monday in The Hague, The Netherlands.

3rd Nuclear Security Summit starting on Monday in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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Statement By The Press Secretary On Ukraine: March 16th, 2014


 

By Jueseppi B.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine.  This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.

 

No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government.  Moreover, this vote was not necessary.  The Ukrainian government has made clear its willingness to discuss increased autonomy for Crimea, and the presidential elections planned for May 25 provide a legitimate opportunity for all Ukrainians to make their voices heard on the future of their country.

 

In addition, Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the OSCE, the UN, and others have called for Russia to allow international monitors into the Crimean peninsula to ensure that the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being upheld.  Russia has spurned those calls as well as outreach from the Ukrainian government and instead has escalated its military intervention into Crimea and initiated threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.

 

Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing.  The UN Security Council recognized this in a vote yesterday that only Russia opposed.  As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia – not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions.

 

In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another.  We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

 

 

Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

 

Readout of the President’s Calls with President Berzins of Latvia, Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Grybauskaite of Lithuania, President Hollande of France, President Ilves of Estonia, and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy

 

 

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President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

March 12, 2014 | 15:26 |Public Domain

 

The President Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine speak to the press after a bilateral meeting to discuss finding a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders also discussed support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Ukraine

March 06, 2014 | 4:20 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers a statement on Ukraine.

 

 

 

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From The Daily Mail:

 

US v Russia in clash of diplomats: America’s ambassador to the UN berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong

 

  • 13 countries voted for the motion, Russia against, China abstained
  • Russia Foreign Ministry blasted vote as American plot to interfere
  • Samantha Power of US said Crimea will stay Ukrainian unless law changes

 

Russia defied the world yesterday as it vetoed a UN resolution that declared today’s referendum on the status of Crimea invalid.

 

Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN, berated her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, at an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York, saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong. 

 

Thirteen countries voted in favour of the resolution. Russia voted against the motion, while China abstained.

 

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine's Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine’s Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

 

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the resolution as another American attempt to interfere in Ukraine.

 

But Ms Power – an Irish-born diplomat and academic who has held various senior positions in Barack Obama’s administration – said: ‘Crimea will be part of Ukraine unless and until its status is changed in accordance of Ukrainian and international law.’

 

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

 

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Thank you The Daily Mail.

 

 

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President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it's about to be lodged up your ass.

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it’s about to be lodged up your ass.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

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AP PHOTO/ANDREW LUBIMOV A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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