YEREVAN, March 20. / ARKA /. U.S. president Obama ruled out use of the U.S. military in the West's dispute with Russia over its seizure of the Crimea peninsula.
Obama, who has threatened Moscow with additional sanctions, said Wednesday that nobody wants to "trigger an actual war with Russia" because that would serve no one's interests.
"We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," Obama told KNSD-TV.
"What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message."
Meantime Ukraine prepared to pull its troops and their families from Crimea on Wednesday.
National Security and Defense Council secretary Andriy Parubiy said that Ukraine will seek U.N. support to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone as it prepared to relocate as many as 25,000 soldiers and their families to the Ukrainian mainland, according to reports from Kiev. -0-