SALISBURY, Md. - President Obama is reiterating that the people of Ukraine are in an unfair position, as tensions grow and the crisis continues.
"The Russian people need to know, and Mr. Putin needs to understand, the Ukrainians shouldn't have to choose between the West and Russia," President Obama said Thursday.
His comments came as Russia's Defense minister assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian forces along Ukraine's Eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukraine.
Here in the US, experts say there's no immediate threat of military action - for now.
"The one thing that may prevent that is the loyalty or the traditional closeness of Crimea with Russia," said Dr. Samuel Hoff, professor at Delaware State University. "If that did not exist, I think we'd be taking more aggressive steps."
Dr. Hoff adds that we're all waiting to see if Russia will hold true to its promise of not crossing into Eastern Ukraine, and we'll have to also wait to see how far the U.S. and it's allies will go as far as enforcement.
Late Thursday, Russia has responded to a new round of economic sanctions the U.S. has placed on Russian political and business leaders because of Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Moscow is imposing entry bans on American lawmakers and senior White House officials, among them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the president's deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes.