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Continued: One by one, Obama's warnings to Russia brushed aside by Putin

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Last update: March 7, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, spoke this week with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The White House said the officials agreed on the need for a peaceful resolution to the dispute that "upholds Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

It appears unlikely China would actually take punitive actions against Russia. U.S. officials say Beijing is largely acting out of self-interest and appears to view the developments in Crimea through the prism of a nation that also has ethnic minorities who live in border regions and identify more closely with neighboring countries.

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