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Obama Talks Ukraine 'De-escalation', Slams GOP at Fundraiser

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 05:48 PM

Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Virginia Tuesday night, President Barack Obama said that while Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military action in Ukraine is “a fundamental breach of international law,” he wants to “de-escalate” the situation.

The President on Tuesday spoke by telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about what is being described as a compromise plan for settling the Ukraine crisis. It would limit the number of Russian troops  there and bring in international monitors to protect ethnic Russians in the country, Reuters reported.

Such a deal – described as an “off-ramp” out of the Ukraine crisis – would likely include talks between Moscow and the new Ukrainian government,  possibly with international mediation.  

The White House said Obama and Merkel expressed “grave concern” about Moscow’s “clear violation” of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. It added that the two leaders “agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment  of international observers and human rights monitors, and of initiating direct talks between Russia and Ukraine.”

The Hill reported that in remarks earlier on Tuesday, Obama said Ukraine could be a friend of Russia and the West “as long as none of us are inside of Ukraine trying to meddle and intervene, certainly not militarily, with decisions that properly belong to the Ukrainian people."

Speaking at Tuesday’s fundraiser ( held at the McLean home of former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb) Obama did not say  that he hoped to reverse the Russian occupation of part of Ukraine, the Daily Caller reported The Daily Caller reported.

His tone was more confrontational, however, in discussing policy differences with Republicans.

Obama referred to “a segment of our loyal opposition that basically thinks that government has no role to play whatsoever in anything and have been spending most of their time trying to obstruct and grind the wheels of government to a halt rather than figuring out how do we make things work better.”

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine attended the McLean fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where ticket prices ranged from $10,000 to $32,400.

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