President Obama: 'We Want to Give Diplomacy a Chance' with Russia

President Obama indicated that he would not respond militarily after a Russian fighter plane was seen “buzzing” a United States warship on Monday, and he would, instead, continue employing diplomatic solutions.

“Now, we want to give diplomacy a chance, as long as ultimately the decisions are being made by Ukrainians, not by Russians, not by Americans, not by other European nations, but by Ukrainians themselves,” Obama explained in an interview with Major Garrett that CBS News aired on Thursday morning.

He then explained that militarily the United States was still “significantly superior” to Russia, but that he did not want a war.

“We don't need a war,” Obama said. “What we do need is a recognition that countries like Ukraine can have relationships with a whole range of their neighbors, and it is not up to anybody--whether it's Russia or the United States or anybody--to make decisions for them.”


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