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Obama to meet Ukrainian PM at White House on March 12

Last Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 23:47

Washington: US President Barack Obama would host crisis talks with Ukrain`s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House next week to find a peaceful solution to Russia`s ongoing military intervention in Crimea.

"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," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

Obama will host crisis talks with Yatsenyuk on Wednesday at the White House. The two leaders will discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia`s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, Carney said in a statement.

"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," he said.
The visit to the US would be Yatsenyuk`s first since he came to head the cabinet following the February 22 ouster of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych.
The US has been rallying world support against Moscow after Russian forces reportedly took control of Crimea, an autonomous peninsula within Ukraine with a Russian ethnic majority.

First Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 23:47

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