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Obama tells Putin by phone today to back off Ukraine

Published: Sat, March 1, 2014 @ 5:38 p.m.


President Barack Obama is calling on Russia to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine by pulling its forces back to bases in the country's Crimean peninsula and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.

The White House says Obama delivered that message to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a 90-minute telephone call this afternoon.

A statement from the White House says the U.S. condemns Russia's military reach into Ukrainian territory.

Russia says Putin emphasized that real threats exist to the life and health of Russian citizens and that Russia has the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking people who live in that part of Ukraine.

Russia's parliament today gave Putin the right to deploy the Russian military in Ukraine.


1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 6 months ago

I imagine members of "The Greatest Generation" are having vivid memories of what followed Germany's Anschluss in Austria and the Sudetenland occupation in Czechoslovakia in 1938....

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2georgejeanie(793 comments)posted 6 months ago

Our President, the Neville Chamberlain of our time. For the many people who do not know who Neville Chamberlain was, look it up!

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3gdog4766(1468 comments)posted 6 months ago

GJ you are dumber then dirt. Let's see Obama has been on Putin back about the Ukraine from the start. Chamberlain turned a blind eye to the nazis aggression and played like everything was ok. You need to reread your history book. Wait truth,facts and real history are lost on you and your ilk.

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