Sanctions For Russia?

By Steve Handelsman

Published 03/04 2014 06:44PM

Updated 03/04 2014 06:56PM

(NBC News)  President Obama spoke again about the deepening crisis in Ukraine Tuesday, saying Russia's actions are a violation of international law.

"There is a strong belief that Russia's action is violating international law. I know, President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations. But I don't think that's fooling anybody," Mr. Obama said.  "I think everybody recognizes that although Russia has legitimate interests in what happens in a neighboring state, that doesn't give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence inside of that state."

Mr. Obama said Putin's military intervention in Ukraine will ultimately drive other neighboring countries away from Russia.

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