The United States is not currently planning any military intervention in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said Thursday. However, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that "it will be necessary for the United States and the European Union to consider additional sanctions on Russia," according to a White House statement issued Thursday evening.
"The two leaders also reiterated their determination to continue to work for a diplomatic solution to the crisis," the statement says.
Obama—who addressed the nation prior to a meeting with his national security team—had earlier announced that he will be meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next month, at which point he looks "forward to reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the United States to Ukraine and its people."
Obama hinted that there may be more sanctions coming against Russia.
"My expectation is that we will take additional steps primarily because we have not seen any meaningful action on the part of Russia to actually try to resolve this in a diplomatic fashion," he said.