March 25, 2014
President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a “regional power” and
said he’s more worried about a nuclear bomb going off in Manhattan, even
as he threatened more sweeping sanctions against the country should it
expand its reach in Ukraine.
Speaking at the close of a nuclear security summit in The
Netherlands, Obama said the U.S. is concerned about “further
encroachment” by Russia into other parts of Ukraine and that he believes
more broad-based sanctions that would target “entire sectors of the
Russian economy” would be appropriate, “should Russia go further.
“That would be a bad choice for President Putin to make,” Obama said.
“But, ultimately, he’s the president of Russia and he’s the one who’s
gonna be making that decision. He just has to understand that there’s a
choice to be made here.”