To resolve and de-escalate the situation right now, Barack Obama told CBS News that Russia needs “to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government, as well as the international community.”
CBS News Obama continued: “There’s a strong sense of Russian nationalism and a sense that somehow the West has taken advantage of Russia in the past and that he wants to, in some fashion, reverse that or make up for that.
“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”