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Published time: March 19, 2014 22:18

US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)

The US will not get involved in a “military excursion” in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said, stressing that Washington will pursue diplomatic means in the standoff with Russia over Crimea.

“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,”Obama told San Diego’s KNSD TV.

“There is a better path, but I think even the Ukrainians would acknowledge that for us to engage Russia militarily would not be appropriate and would not be good for Ukraine either.”

Obama’s comments came as the UN Security Council meeting wrapped up in New York, where Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin stressed that Russia is open to dialogue.