POPE FRANCIS: This is a terrible situation.
It’s worsening and it’s not going to get any better.
But I think I can tell you one thing that is clear, there are some who are going to do what they need to do to keep this country from being brought into the 21st century.
We have seen that already.
There are others who will do anything to get this country back to the 21th century.
And that’s not who we are as Christians.
I want to see Russia in the 21nd century.
I don’t want Russia in a worse state than we are in now.
PENCE: Well, let’s be honest, that’s the other way around, but let’s also recognize that we are not just talking about Russia.
We are talking about the entire world, including the United States.
It is not a question of Russia or China.
This is our future.
And if the United Nations is to be trusted with our security, then we are going be the ones that can protect the world.
That’s what this is all about.
So, let me say, for the first time in our history, a sitting president of the United State is not going up to the podium to tell us that we’re going to come to the table and negotiate our destiny.
I think the American people, and I know you have a lot of American people in this room, and we will be there with you, they are going a different way, and they will be the leaders in that.
We’re not going there.
We want peace, and peace is our goal.
That is what we believe.
So I think we can all agree that the only way to end the crisis is to end it.
And I think that is going to happen, but not with the kind of force that the United Kingdom and France and others are going.
PUTIN: I want you to look at the situation in the Crimea and you’re going.
We don’t know what’s going on there.
It looks like it’s in turmoil.
The Russian military is involved in that, as you know.
And there are a lot more people who have fled that region.
So what we have is a lot worse than we thought.
And so the United Nation must have a clear vision, the United God and Father, as we have described in the Gospel, as to what our mission is in this world.
And as we are aware of this situation, we are asking the U.N. Security Council to condemn the aggression, to impose a no-fly zone, to call for an end to this situation and a ceasefire.
Now, you have people who are very happy with what you’re doing.
But they are very unhappy because you’re not doing what they want.
PISHOPOV: You know, I think it’s interesting, too, that in the U-N.
General Assembly, there was an agreement in favor of an emergency declaration.
It was a peace deal.
But in the press conference, President Trump went and said that the declaration was not going through, and he called it a “disaster.”
And, of course, what he meant was, if the U.-N.
goes ahead with a no fly zone over Crimea, the Russian military will shoot down any planes that come to that part of the Russian Federation, and this would be a disaster.
PUSHOV: Well there’s a big difference between a declaration, which is a political decision, and a nofly zone.
POPE TRACY: This would be the largest no-flight zone ever imposed in history.
It would not stop the Russian air forces from killing people in Ukraine, and it would not prevent the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as President Trump is threatening to do.
Now the Russians have already bombed Crimea, so there’s nothing that the U..
N. could do about that.
So it’s just an empty threat.
It can’t stop the invasion.
It doesn’t stop Russia from invading Ukraine.
PULEN: But it could stop the aggression.
And what the Russians are doing in Crimea, what they are doing, you know, they’ve been using the airspace, they’re using the naval facilities to send troops, and now they’re threatening the Ukrainian navy.
So there’s not a military option to stop the Russians from attacking the Ukrainian naval bases.
So this is just a political action.
POTER: That’s not what I meant, I said, this is not what the United National Assembly or the United Church of Christ would do.
POTUS: But they do.
They’re trying to influence this process.
But the United church has always been against any kind of interference.
And they’ve always been very strong.
So that’s why they did not even vote for the United declaration.
Now I know this.
I was a member