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Jul 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014

Obama, Putin discuss Malaysian airliner downing

By Jeff Mason

WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a passenger plane that was brought down along the Russian-Ukrainian border on Thursday during a phone call prompted by a new round of U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow.

Obama went ahead with a day trip out of Washington as the Ukraine crisis flared anew, amid reports that 23 Americans were among the 295 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down along the Russia-Ukraine border.

Jul 17, 2014
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Obama warns Putin of more sanctions over Ukraine crisis

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed a downed passenger plane along the Russian-Ukraine border during a phone call in which Obama warned Moscow of more sanctions if it does not change course in Ukraine.

“I can confirm that President Putin near the end of this morning’s phone call with President Obama noted the early reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

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Jul 16, 2014

White House: Russia not taking steps to de-escalate in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that Russia had failed to take steps needed to ease the crisis in Ukraine, striking an ominous tone that appeared to position the United States for a new round of economic sanctions against Moscow.

President Barack Obama in recent weeks has repeatedly threatened fresh new sanctions, and appears now to have run out of patience as fighting continued to rage in Eastern Ukraine.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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