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Published: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 11:00:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 11:01:28 AM

Obama, advisers discuss ways to 'further isolate' Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama comments to reporters on the situation in Ukraine before meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama comments to reporters on the situation in Ukraine before meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met for over two hours on Monday with his national security advisers and discussed ways the United States and its allies could "further isolate" Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine, a White House official said.

The group discussed ways to "reinforce that the Russians still have an opportunity to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation or they face further political and economic repercussions from the international community," the official said about the meeting.

"The president will continue to receive regular updates on the situation, and to remain in close contact with his foreign counterparts," the official said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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