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Ukraine crisis: Barack Obama to meet Arseniy Yatseniuk on Wednesday

Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:21

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: US President Barack Obama will be meeting Ukrainian leader Arseniy Yatseniuk in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea region will also be one of the main agendas of the talks and a possible solution to the situation without distrurbing the peace in the region will also be discussed.

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.

Earlier Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Obam`s meeting with Yatsenyuk was intended to demonstrate US support for Ukraine.

Blinken said the White House strategy is to mobilise the international community behind Ukraine, isolate Russia for its actions and reassure US allies and partners.

Obama is in Key Largo, Florida, with his family for the weekend, but on Saturday spoke individually with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande collectively with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The three Baltic nations are former Soviet republics that are now NATO members.

Blinken made his comments on NBC television`s "Meet the Press."

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 05:21

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