U.S. President Barack Obama warns Russia President Vladimir Putin of isolation if he continues to violate international law in Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday (November 16) that Russia would remain in isolation in the international community if President Vladimir Putin continues to violate international law in Ukraine. Obama, who described his meetings with Putin this week as "blunt and business-like," said that he had made it clear Russia would face consequences if it continued to provide support to separatist rebels. "You don't invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections," Obama told a news conference after the Group of 20 meeting. On Saturday (November 15), Western leaders warned Putin that he risked more sanctions if he failed to end his country's backing for the separatists. Russia has denied any involvement. Obama said more sanctions were a possibility. "At this point the sanctions that we have in place are biting plenty good. We retain the capabilities and we have our teams constantly looking at mechanisms in which to turn up additional pressure as necessary," he said. Putin has come under intense pressure from other leaders at this weekend's G20 summit in Brisbane over his government's backing for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, where a conflict has killed more than 4,000 people this year.