March 25 - U.S. President Obama warned Russia of wider sanctions if it moves further into Ukraine, as he calls Russia a ''regional'' power that moved into Crimea out of weakness. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The Nuclear Security Summit draws to a close in the Hague, with world powers agreeing to take steps to prevent militant groups from obtaining a nuclear bomb. But much of the focus of the two day talks was on Russia and the future of Ukraine. In his concluding remarks, U.S. President Barack Obama says that Russia's annexation of Crimea was not a quote "done deal," and is not recognized by the international community. While saying he would like to see a diplomatic solution in Ukraine, he warned of further sanctions if Russia moves into other parts of the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "What I announced, and what the European Council announced, is that we were consulting and putting in place the framework, the architecture for additional sanctions additional costs, should Russia take this next step." He spells out the consequences if Russia continues to move beyond its borders. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Should Russia go further, sectorial sanctions would be appropriate and that would include areas potentially like energy or finance or arms sales or trade that exists between Europe, the United States and Russia." He also says Russia's move into Crimea was a sign or weakness rather than strength. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength, but out of weakness." He added that Russia is not the number one national security threat, and that he is more concerned about the possibility of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.