Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

March 7th, 2014  
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Topic: Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

By Lidia Kelly and Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine. After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken "absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions. ...


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