"Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014 we are long beyond the days when borders could be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders."
— U.S. President Barack Obama says referendum in Crimea would "violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law."
I went to Washington and I carried that picture with me. It was a picture of a night raid where an extremely poor family — it’s night and it’s dark in that picture, a frightened, weak, afraid woman sitting there with two or three children around them — and the hand of the man lying there. . . . And this frightened family, looking into nothing, just gazing, with fright and fear. And I took that picture to the president of the United States, and I said, ‘President, this is what I’m trying to end, the intimidation of Afghan families at night, in the name of fighting the Taliban’… Ask him, ask him if remembers that picture. So we are really an angry people. I am — I can speak for myself.
(Source: Washington Post)
The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President reiterated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China… the President reiterated the U.S. position that Tibet is part of the People’s Republic of China and that the United States does not support Tibet independence. The Dalai Lama stated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet and hopes that dialogue between his representatives and the Chinese government will resume.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama with President Barack Obama in the Map Room of the White House on February 21, 2014." — @DalaiLama
By arranging a meeting between the President and the Dalai Lama, the U.S. side will grossly interfere in the internal affairs of China, seriously violate norms governing international relations and severely impair China-U.S. relations.