President of the U.S. Barack Obama continues to focus on increasing pressure on Russia, as well as on the economic assistance to Ukraine, equipping and training of Ukraine's Armed Forces.
He said this during his visit to India on Sunday, Ukrinform reports.
" It would not be effective for us to engage in a military conflict with Russia on this issue, but what we can do is to continue to support Ukraine's ability to control its own territory," he said, answering journalists' questions.
He said that "this position involves a combination of the economic pressure that has been brought to bear in sanctions, the diplomatic isolation that has been brought to bear against Russia, and, as important as anything, making sure that we're continuing to provide the support that Ukraine needs to sustain its economy during this transition period, and to help its military with basic supplies and equipment, as well as the continuing training and exercises that have been taking place between NATO and Ukraine for quite some time."
He expressed deep concern over the recent break of the agreements regarding ceasefire and aggression conducted by separatists "with Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops."
In this regard, Obama said: "We will continue to take the approach that we've taken in the past, which is to ratchet up the pressure on Russia."