Amb. Rice Warns Moscow Not to Intervene in Ukraine
Obama’s UN ambassador said US will work with EU and IMF to “restructure” Ukraine’s debt
February 23, 2014
Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has warned Russia not to send troops to Ukraine to protect its assets in the country, including a naval base at Sevastopol on the Black Sea.
“It’s not in the interest of Ukraine or of Russia or of Europe or of the United States to see a country split. It’s in nobody’s interests to see violence return and the situation escalate,” Rice said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.
She said it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to consider using its military in defense of its national interests. The United States routinely uses its military to protect its national interests and what it defines as its national security.
“There is not an inherent contradiction … between a Ukraine that has longstanding historic and cultural ties to Russia and a modern Ukraine that wants to integrate more closely with Europe. This need not be mutually exclusive,” said Rice.
Rice also said the United States will work with the European Union and “international organizations” (primarily the International Monetary Fund) to restructure the Ukrainian economy.