Apr 25, 2014 6:51 PM

Obama's balancing act in Asia

President Barack Obama is hoping to put more pressure on Russia Friday. His intentions to increase sanctions are taking the spotlight during the commander-in-chief's trip to Asia.

The president's week-long, four-nation trip to Asia is a balancing act. The focus has shifted from his failed global trade talks in Japan, to the South Korean ferry disaster.

"My visit comes at a time of deep mourning for the people of this nation," Obama said.

Also high on the list of topics-- the crisis in Ukraine. Russia's defense chief escalated tensions there by ordering new military drills along its eastern border with Ukraine.

The president says further sanctions against Russia are teed up and ready to go.

"We will continue to keep some arrows in our quiver in the event that we see a further deterioration of the situation over the next several days or weeks," he said.

The president's comments come as the Ukrainian prime minister speaks out with tough talk of his own. Aresniy Yatsenyuk determined to occupy his country "militarily and politically."

"I am convinced the responsibility for Ukraine is in our hands, it is our people, this is our future and this is our struggle. In order to win, we have to fight," he said.

Yatsenyuk is demanding Russia exmplain the presence of its troops in and near Ukraine. Friday night, the president heads to Malaysia to another developing headline-- the search for the missing jetliner and the 239 vanished people on board.


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