Obama: Russia stands alone

2014-03-26 19:28
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Brussels - US President Barack Obama said Russia stood "alone" on the Ukraine crisis as he paid his first ever visit on Wednesday to European Union headquarters, cementing Western opposition to the takeover of Crimea.

Wrapping up a lightning 90-minute summit with the EU's top officials held across a luncheon table, Obama said "the world is safer and more just when Europe and America stand as one".

"Russia's actions in Ukraine aren't just about one country. They are about the kind of Europe and the kind of world that we live in," he told a packed news conference.

Viewed as the most important trip to Europe by a US president in years because of the crisis over Crimea, it was Obama's first-ever summit talks in Brussels with the EU's top officials, EU Council and European Commission presidents Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso.

Both the EU's 28 nations and the 28-member Nato military alliance remained determined to uphold the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, Obama said.

Russia in comparison increasingly "stands alone" on the international scene and had "miscalculated" in thinking it could drive a "wedge" between Washington and Brussels, he said.

The US leader also said that the events in Ukraine had highlighted Europe's energy dependency on Russia and pointed to the need for European nations to diversify energy sources, notably with natural gas from the United States.

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