Obama: Russia, Putin ignoring their own interests

Obama: Russia, Putin ignoring their own interests

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests.
 
   Obama says the U.S. has done everything possible to support Ukraine's government and to deter Russia. But he says short of going to war, there are going to be constraints about what the U.S. can do.
 
   Obama says the U.S. is imposing sufficient costs, and Russia should want to take the needed steps to get economic sanctions lifted.
 
   But Obama says, quote, "people don't always act rationally." He says sometimes people don't act based on their own interests.
 
   Obama says the U.S. must keep working to de-escalate the conflict.
 

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