Obama Calls For International Observers In Crimea

(Washington, DC) -- President Obama wants international observers to be allowed to enter Ukraine's Crimean region. In a statement at the White House, Obama again called the deployment of Russian troops in Crimea a clear violation of international law. He said the U.S. and allies are moving forward together to impose sanctions on Russia. Obama insisted that the new government of Ukraine is legitimate and must be respected.
Obama got the ball rolling on sanctions with an executive order targeting individuals or entities involved in "undermining the democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine." Meantime, the State Department will impose visa restrictions on a number of officials and individuals who may have been complicit in threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.