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Obama Promises to ‘Deepen and Broaden’ Sanctions Against Russia – Yahoo News
“We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, in the same way we went after Al Qaida,” he said after a NATO summit meeting in Newport, Wales. “You can’t contain an organization [such as this]. The goal has to be to dismantle them.” His comments were significantly stronger than those on Wednesday, when he said the goal of an international coalition to fight IS was to reach “the point where it is a manageable problem.” His words Friday echoed the hawkish remarks made earlier in the week by secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden . Obama added NATO understands it has “a critical role to play in rolling back this savage organization that is causing chaos in the region.” Obama added that, despite a cease-fire agreed upon Friday by Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists, sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine would be expanded. He also reassured allies in eastern Europe that NATO would increase its military presence there.
Obama: NATO will ‘ultimately destroy’ Islamic State – UPI.com
President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but skeptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds. He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales confident that U.S. allies were prepared to join a broad coalition to take action to degrade and ultimately destroy Islamic State militants in Iraq. “We also sent a strong message to Russia that actions have consequences. Today the United States and Europe are finalizing measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions across Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors,” Obama told a news conference.
Obama backs new sanctions to pressure Russia on truce – Yahoo News
There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIL poses a significant threat to NATO members, and there was a recognition that we have to take action, Obama said at a news conference in Newport, Wales, wrapping up the annual summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Islamic State, also referred to by the acronym ISIL, has captured swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. While U.S. airstrikes in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces have helped reverse the Sunni extremist groups gains in Iraq, Obama again indicated he had no immediate plans to extend the fight into Syria, where the militants also are seeking to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad . Obama said its absolutely critical that Arab states in the region, particularly those with Sunni majorities, take part in the fight against Islamic State. Secretary of State John Kerry , Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Lisa Monaco , Obamas top counterterrorism adviser, are all heading to the Middle East in the coming days in an effort to seek regional commitments to battling IS.
NATO Allies Ready to Fight Islamic State, Obama Says – Bloomberg
“Today, the United States and Europe are finalising measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions,” Obama said after the end of a NATO summit in Newport in Wales. The sanctions, due to be announced on Friday, would target the defence, energy and financial sectors. These measures should be applied in a way that pressures Russia to ensure “follow-through” on the ceasefire, Obama said. “The only reason that we’re seeing this ceasefire at this moment is because of both the sanctions that have already been applied and the threat of further sanctions,” he said. Obama said that “Europeans are moved here discussing at this point the final shape of their sanctions’ measures”.
Obama says hopeful but skeptical of Ukraine ceasefire – Yahoo News
Obama announced that all NATO allies will provide security assistance to Ukraine, including support and care for Ukrainian troops. Obama reiterated that pro-Russian separatists must keep their commitments, even as European leaders plan to intensify sanctions against the Russian government and its economy. To apply pressure, Obama said the discussion at NATO and the international community’s support of Ukraine has been “a testimony to how seriously people take the basic principle that big countries can’t just stomp on little countries.” Obamas comments come two days after he referred to the Russian advance in Ukraine as a moment of testing for the world, a problem that challenges that most basic of principles of our international system, that borders cannot be redrawn at the barrel of a gun. WATCH: NATO Leaders Discuss Ukraine Crisis at Wales Summit The usual strain in Russian-American relations was taken to an even more international stage this week after Obama visited Estonia in part to reassure the Baltic nations that Americas and Europes interests are also theirs, that Russian encroachments on sovereign nations would not evade the attention of Western nations. An attack on one is an attack on all, and so if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, Wholl come to help? youll know the answer: the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America, he told a gathering of almost 2,000 Estonians. On Thursday, Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron , German Chancellor Angela Merkel , French President Francois Hollande, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a display of fraternity. Obama and Cameron published a joint editorial in the London Times Thursday making clear to Russia the determination of NATO allies in defending one another.