Obama, Kerry dismiss Putin’s rationale for Russian intervention in Ukraine

By Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan, March 4, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s charges that ethnic Russians are being threatened in Crimea as part of what Putin called a “coup” last week in Ukraine.

“Mr. Putin can throw a lot of words out there,” but “facts on the ground” tell a different story, Obama said Tuesday following a Putin news conference at his country residence west of Moscow.

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