Peter King: Time to Support Obama's Efforts on Ukraine

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Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 01:44 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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New York Republican Rep. Peter King said the time has come to support President Barack Obama on Ukraine.

"I'm from the school that when you're in a national crisis, you stand with the commander in chief," King told CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo Thursday.

King also said he thinks everything the president has done over the past week has been "very strong, has been very assertive, and he deserves the support of all Americans."

King said Obama's meeting with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Wednesday "was certainly an act of strength," and noted that the president's work to gather support for sanctions against Russia also shows Obama is working to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis.

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During Wednesday's meeting with Yatsenyuk, Obama said he hopes the diplomatic efforts will lead to a "rethinking" whether a Sunday referendum on Crimea seceding from Ukraine proceeds, Fox News reported. 

"We will not recognize any referendum that goes forward," Obama said, warning that Russia could face costs and calling the referendum a "slapdash election" being held "at the barrel of a gun."

Obama's meeting with Yatsenyuk is being seen as a signal to Moscow that the United States sees him as Ukraine's legitimate leader, although President Vladimir Putin says Yatsenyuk took power with an unconstitutional coup.

King, calling for unity, told CNN it is "important to stand" with Obama as such efforts are being made.

But the United States is also trying to gain favor with Russia, Fox reported. While Obama was meeting with the Ukrainian prime minister, Secretary of State John Kerry said he will travel to London to meet with Russia's foreign minister,  Sergei Lavrov, before Sunday's vote.


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