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05:21 PM ET

'This is not Syria': Expert says U.S. has no good options in Ukraine

(CNN) – President Barack Obama condemned the violence in the Ukraine, saying Wednesday the United States expected the government to show restraint against protesters and warning there would be consequences for excessive action.

"But there really aren't any consequences in the sense that the United States can't determine the outcome on the ground," Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. will be closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine, adding "there will be consequences if people step over the line."

That threat evokes a previous one, when the President said it would be a red line if Syria used chemical weapons against its own people.

"This is not Syria, where the United States did have real options, the President chose not to implement them," said Haass. "Here we really don't have very good options to introduce."

For more of our interview with The Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass, check out the video above.

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