Putin rebuffs Obama on Ukraine, says Russia ‘cannot ignore calls for help’

By Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan, March 7, 2014

A day after President Obama ordered sanctions over Russia’s military takeover in Crimea, Russian President Vladi­mir Putin emphatically rejected the U.S. position, saying his country could not “ignore calls for help” from ethnic Russians in Ukraine after what he has termed an illegitimate power grab there by pro-Western agitators.

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