January 26, 2015
Obama Goes Out of His Way to Exclude Military Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine
By Barack Obama, White House
We are deeply concerned about the latest break in the cease-fire and the aggression that these separatists -- with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops -- are conducting. And we will continue to take the approach that we've taken in the past, which is to ratchet up the pressure on Russia.
And I will look at all additional options that are available to us short of a military confrontation in trying to address this issue. And we'll be in close consultation with our international partners, and particularly European partners, to assure that they stay in lockstep with us on this issue. What we've been very successful at is maintaining unity across the Atlantic on this issue, and that's going to be a continuing priority of mine.
Excerpt from response by President Barack Obama to question from the press, New Delhi, January 25, 2015.