Obama: 'Putin Seems to Have a Different Set of Lawyers' Than We Do

March 5, 2014 - 10:08 AM

There is a dispute between E.U. and Russian lawyers on whether or not Russia is violating international law through its involvement in Ukraine, Pres. Obama said yesterday.

Obama made the observation after introducing his $3.9 trillion budget proposal as he responded to a question about recent comments made by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

"There have been some reports that President Putin is pausing for a moment and reflecting on what's happened.  I think that we've all seen that -- from the perspective of the European Union, the United States, allies like Canada and Japan, and allies and friends and partners around the world -- there is a strong belief that Russia's action is violating international law.

"I know President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don't think that's fooling anybody."