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    US Warns Russia Against Ukraine Intervention

    FILE - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is seen with President Barack Obama in the background.FILE - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is seen with President Barack Obama in the background.
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    FILE - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is seen with President Barack Obama in the background.
    FILE - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is seen with President Barack Obama in the background.
    Michael Bowman
    The Obama administration is warning Russia against intervening in Ukraine after the country’s parliament ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and named an interim leader.
     
    Appearing on U.S. television Sunday, President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, was asked about the possibility of Russian intervention in Ukraine following days of bloodshed and a change of leadership in the country.
     
    “That [Russian intervention] would be a grave mistake.  It is not in the interest of Ukraine or of Russia, or Europe, or the United States to see the country split. It is in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate,” said Rice.
     
    Rice spoke on NBC’s Meet the Press program.  She said there is “no inherent contradiction” between a Ukraine that has historical bonds with Moscow but wants to integrate more closely with Europe.
     
    Protests erupted in November when Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

    Parliament has stripped Yanukovych of his powers and appointed the legislature’s newly-elected speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, interim president. Turchynov is a close ally of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who on Saturday was released from prison where she was serving a seven-year sentence for a conviction that was seen by her supporters and many in the West as political revenge by Yanukovych.
     
    Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Democratic Senator Richard Durbin welcomed the turn of events and said he has spoken with Tymoshenko.
     
    “It was quite a relief yesterday.  Yulia Tymoshenko has been in prison for two and a half years.  She told me, she assured me, that she is looking for a peaceful resolution to the problems in Ukraine, to follow the constitution and the law,” said Durbin.
     
    Also appearing on Fox News Sunday was Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, who voiced concerns about possible Russian meddling in Ukraine.
     
    “Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior of the Russians, and I believe [President Obama] needs to up his game and send a clear unequivocal message, public message, to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin not to interfere in what is happening in Ukraine.  To let the Ukrainian people determine their future,” said Ayotte.
     
    National security advisor Rice says that message has already been sent, and Presidents Obama and Putin are in agreement that Ukraine must not split apart between the more pro-Russian east and the more pro-E.U. west.

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    by: USA from: New England
    February 26, 2014 12:39 PM
    I think it is funny that Putin has mobilized 150,000 troops as a grand stand. Please Mr. Putin, push the USA a little farther and keep supporting Syria and see what happens to your pathetic country. 150,000 russian troops dead equals 1,000 United States of American Soldiers dead . Do the math, back down or die.

    by: Sanford John from: Dubai
    February 26, 2014 6:09 AM
    Hey America. I love the way you want the EU to take in Ukraine when its of absolutely no value to you but getting dangerously close to Russia. Look at latvia, romania and other countries in the EU, they are poor as dirt. I have seen them here in Dubai working for money.

    Freedom of gays and media expression, you want that from Russia? Why not in a place like UAE? where there is absolutely no freedom of expression of these damn gays and media? Because you guys are greedy for the oil of the middle east, that's all. You have destroyed cultures after cultures with your freedom of gays and speech nonsense, including my Country India!! Stay out of everyone's life...we don't need YOU in our countries and don't need you in our life!

    by: Victor da Cal from: Portugal
    February 24, 2014 10:51 PM
    All Russia needs to do is to cut off gas supplies to the Ukraine and the country will freeze in winter. The question is: can the European Union, which itself gets most of its gas from Russia, guarantee Ukraine's needs? Of course not. Not to mention the billions of roubles/euros/dollars this bankrupt nation will need. As for the European Union itself, as Europeans we have learned that we do not need democratic elections to get rid of an unwanted president and government.Violent street protests will achieve a much quicker result.

    by: Jack Kidd from: US
    February 24, 2014 10:01 AM
    How about this? The Ukraine signs economic agreements with the EU and Russia?
    And the suggestion that Ukraine not join NATO or any other military alliance is also a good idea.
    The U.S. does not "want" the Ukraine. We already have enough problems. Please see Ken from Langham's comments below.
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    by: Mariusz from: poland
    February 24, 2014 2:50 PM
    US not interested IN ukraine?? chevron, shell, ruhrgass, are very interested. western ukraine has gass resources and chevron want fracking there....they want privatize all gas, oil line etc. It is another colonization act by western corporations - stealing resources, conquer market etc.- control politic etc.
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    by: Max from: US
    February 24, 2014 1:58 PM
    Ukraine already has a trade agreement with Russia, If Ukraine signs the deal with EU, it opens the doors for the Europian products to Russian market which will be destructive for Russia and other countries in alliance (former USSR) due to inability to compete (EU has different standrds of quality for the produce and machinery). Russia just want to protect itself. This also means the end for the Ukraine itself. Latvia would be an example - broke country joined EU; every business and majority of land was bought out by reach Europeans; no we have Latvians enslaved on their own land; they have lost their language, their currency, their culture; Latvians are living on credit and pay check to pay check. Majority of people in Latvia wants to get out of EU. Same goes for Litva, Estonia and Romania.

    by: Jose from: USA
    February 24, 2014 9:33 AM
    What a ridicules headline. Nobody "warned" anybody of anything. It should say "Rice thinks a fractured Ukraine is bad".

    by: Russian from Kiev from: Kiev
    February 24, 2014 9:32 AM
    It is NO LONGER about alingmnet with Europe or Russia. The Ukranian ARMED protestors are NAZI ! All other races are in danger in Ukraine! This NAZI will kill all the Russian population in Ukraine. They already banned Russian language and lifter criminal prosecution of Fascism propaganda! LOOK at THE FLAGS, PEOPLE - RED and BLACK is NOT the flag of Ukraine. These animals are Neo-Nazi !!! THISNK ABOUT 20 MILLIONS of RUSSIAN speaking living in Ukraine ! This conflict is much deeper than you all can see....
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    by: Idont Wannasay from: Top Half
    February 25, 2014 1:44 PM
    No US Intervention would be the responsible position of *loyal American Leadership*. It will surely put good hard working American troops at risk for this and maybe nations.

    by: Thingumbob from: US
    February 24, 2014 9:28 AM
    "The US warns Russia Against Ukraine Intervention" Wow! After the US having spent untold billions cultivating the opposition, this just could be a new definition for Chutzpah.

    by: ken from: langham
    February 24, 2014 8:55 AM
    Anytime Texas can learn to strive for its Independence It takes notes. The Ukraine has taught us much on perseverance. The federal government will some day hear us cry out. Divorce America and FREE TEXAS!!!
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    by: tinkerbell from: San antonio
    February 24, 2014 9:39 AM
    The republic of Texas went bankrupt and begged to be let in the union after stealing the land from Mexico. The whole lot of you are welcome to go.

    by: Regula from: USA
    February 24, 2014 7:37 AM
    Russia has no need to interfere in Ukraine - they will come back to them very soon once the "new" and undemocratically installed new democratic leaders" find out what the conditions for their salvation in the EU really are. Only with the US nobody wants to go anymore, so they have to intervene everywhere!
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    by: USA from: New England
    February 27, 2014 7:18 AM
    Well, we have to intervene.all over. The world sucks and we have to weild our power carefully. We are going to "Robitize" our strength. I, as and American, understand the huge power we have. With that power comes large amounts of responsobility. We will cherry picks battles.....for now.

    by: George from: Southeast Europe
    February 24, 2014 2:24 AM
    I'm sure Russians are soooo scared
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