President Obama declared yesterday that the U.S. has no intention of triggering "an actual war with Russia," saying neither the U.S. nor Ukraine wants a military conflict with the Russians. The remarks come as Ukrainian forces leave Crimea, essentially turning the area over to Russian control.


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Russia's parliament is moving forward on ratifying a treaty that officially annexes Crimea.

Obama also claimed that Vladimir Putin is operating from a position of weakness, not strength, and is lashing out because he does not want former Soviet states to have closer ties with the West.

Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) chided the president for that assessment.

"My God, what planet is the president on?" he asked, saying that Putin has not seen any significant response from the West and clearly believes he is in the stronger position.

Bill Hemmer asked Peters where Putin will stop after moving into Crimea. He said the next step will be eastern portions of Ukraine, with Putin's ultimate goal being all of Ukraine.

"He feels he is in the right. That he is historically and morally entitled to take these lands back and it's dangerous," said Peters.

Watch the interview above.


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