THE HAGUE: US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was not a “done deal” as it has not been recognized by the world community.
He added that Washington was concerned about the possibility of further Russian encroachment into Ukraine.
“It is up to Russia to act responsibly and show itself once again to be willing to abide by international norms and … if it fails to do so, there will be some costs,” he said at the end of a nuclear security summit in The Hague.
During the summit in The Hague, 35 countries pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.
Tuesday’s initiative following a two-day summit of leaders also commits countries to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an international legal framework to thwart nuclear terrorism, said a joint statement from the Netherlands, the United States and S. Korea
In a closing communique, all 53 nations that participated in the summit agreed to keep looking for ways to ensure nuclear material doesn’t fall into the hands of terrorists. But the agreement on adopting guidelines into law was endorsed by just 35. Among other nations that agreed were France, UK, Canada and Israel; notably absent were Russia, China, India and Pakistan.