US President Barack Obama Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “drop his grievance over the breakup of the old Soviet Union” and “take the path forward, not revert back to the Cold War. In a CBS interview capping his six-day trip to Europe, Obama said that if Putin is trying to reverse history and “recreate a dominant, influential nation bursting with nationalism” he is ”misreading the West. He is certainly misreading American foreign policy.” He urged Russia to move back its troops on Ukraine’s border, saying it may be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or “it may be that [Russia has] additional plans.
The UN General Assembly passed Thursday a resolution declaring invalid Crimea's referendum that led to the region's reunification with Russia. The non-binding resolution was approved by 100 votes in favor, 11 against, and 58 abstentions.