In response to increasing tensions over Russia's military incursion into Ukraine, the White House announced Monday that it would not be sending a U.S. delegation to the Paralympic Games, which like the recently concluded Olympics, will be held in Sochi, Russia.
Athletes from the United States will still be encouraged to compete, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
"President Obama continues to strongly support all of the U.S. athletes who will participate in the Paralympics and wishes them great success in the Olympic competition," Hayden said.
The U.S. delegation, which was to be led by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), included government and White House officials and U.S. three-time Paralympian bronze medalist, Sandra Dukat.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made a similar announcement Sunday.
The Paralympics begin this week.