President Barack Obama told the world he was prepared to use his military if needed, but called for peaceful approaches to global problems in a Monday address at the United Nations . “I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known. And I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies—unilaterally and by force—when necessary,” he said. “But I stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion—we cannot look backwards.

” While also referencing Syria and China, Obama focused the beginning part of his address on Russia and the actions of its president, Vladimir Putin. Criticizing Moscow’s actions in the ongoing civil war in Ukraine, the U.S. president said the situation would be better for Russians and Ukrainians alike if Putin had pursued a peaceful strategy. FULL REPORT