Obama warns US planning steps to isolate Russia

US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 3, 2014President Barack Obama warned Monday that the United States was planning a string of economic and diplomatic sanctions to “isolate” Russia if it does not reverse its incursion into Ukraine. “Russia is on the wrong side of history,” Obama said, declaring that the world was all but united in viewing Moscow’s dispatch of troops to Crimea as a violation of international law. A day before Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kiev to show US backing for Ukraine’s right to chart its own future, Washington expanded on the “costs” Russia may have to pay for its action.

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