While travels through Europe, the president continues to point out the "absurd" actions Russia is taking to stronghold Ukraine, and doesn't agree with the "propaganda" being used. Obama speaks for the West that Russia is in the wrong.
As Obama addressed political figures he said, "just because Russia has a deep history with Ukraine does not mean it should be able to dictate Ukraine’s future. No amount of propaganda can make right something the world knows is wrong.”
The president wanted to make it clear that U.S. is not interested in getting involved, and has not sent troops into Ukraine. He does hope the Ukrainian citizens will figure out a plan of action, and act as other people do in the free world.
“Make no mistake: Neither the United States nor Europe has any interest in controlling Ukraine,” said President Obama. Adding, “we have sent no troops there. What we want is for the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions, just like other free people around the world.”
A former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, who served before Obama's presidency said, the speech didn't talk about taking action against Russia, rather it merely criticized Russia.
Bolton doesn't believe Putin and Obama are living in the same reality. He believes Obama "is living in a world of words," while "Putin is living in a world of power."
It appears the president doesn't think Russia has any credible reasons for occupying Crimea. He said, there had not been proof of violence had been or is being carried out against the ethnic Russians who live in Crimea.
The travels to Brussels was reassurance that all members of NATO should work together to make sure present-day threats are heeded. He reminded those in attendance to refer to Russia's "brute force" against Ukraine, as a situation to show that freedom is never really free, and said, "[he] has had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending by some of our partners in NATO."
According to news reports Obama is traveling to four countries. It appears he is hoping to mark Europe and the U.S. icons of international freedom, and is using Russia's 'brute force' against Ukraine as the prime example.
"So if anyone in the Russian leadership thought the world wouldn't care about their actions in Ukraine, or that they could drive a wedge between the European Nation and the United States they clearly miscalculated," said President Obama.