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President Obama: ‘Deeply concerned’ about reports of Russian troops in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON – As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, President Obama made a statement at the White House on Friday afternoon.

Obama said, “We are now deeply concerned about reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties and a military facility in Crimea. But any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which isn’t in the interest Ukraine, Russia or Europe. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty¬† and borders of Ukraine.”

He added the United States would continue to work with allies in Europe and communicate with the Russian government about the situation.

This comes after reports surfaced of Russian troops taking over two airports in the Crimea region.

The Russians denied any plans to invade Ukraine, despite their military maneuvers on the border.

Experts say the White House must be cautious with the events in Europe.

Russia could play a key role in Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea.