The following statement by the president on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act was released by the White House, Office of he Press Secretary on Thursday afternoon, December 18. Today, I have signed HR 5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, into law. Signing this legislation does not signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy, which we have carefully calibrated in accordance with developments on the ground and coordinated with our allies and partners. At this time, the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law, but the act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized, if circumstances warranted. My administration will continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and internationally to respond to developments in Ukraine and will continue to review and calibrate our sanctions to respond to Russia’s actions.