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Obama plans White House meeting with Ukraine’s prime minister

President Obama will meet with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the prime minister of Ukraine, at the White House on Wednesday as the United States tries to rally support behind Ukraine's government amid the growing conflict there.

Obama and Yatsenyuk plan to discuss ways to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's military intervention in Crimea, a Ukranian peninsula. The visit was announced Sunday morning by Tony Blinken, Obama's deputy national security adviser.

"What we've seen is the president mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine to isolate Russia for its actions in Ukraine, and to reassure our allies and partners," Blinken said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Later Sunday, in a statement to reporters, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "The visit will highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis."

Carney added, "The President and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk will discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They will also discuss support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections."

 

 

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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