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May 25, 2014

Obama upbeat on Ukraine vote, but Russia’s stance seen pivotal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama suggested on Sunday that Ukraine’s election may help unify the country, but analysts said that would depend largely on Moscow’s influence and Kiev’s ability to deal with daunting domestic challenges.

“The Ukrainian people have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to choose their leaders without interference and to live in a democracy where they can determine their own future free of violence and intimidation,” Obama said in a clear allusion to Russian efforts to shape events in 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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