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Published: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 4:10:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 4:10:53 AM

Obama says Russia has violated international law in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that Russia has violated international law in its military intervention in Ukraine and said the U.S. government has warned it will look at a series of economic and diplomatic sanctions that would isolate Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to allow international monitors to mediate a deal in Ukraine acceptable to all Ukrainian people, Obama told reporters before he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Over time this will be a costly proposition for Russia. And now is the time for them to consider whether they can serve their interests in a way that resorts to diplomacy as opposed to force," Obama said.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal, Roberta Rampton, Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Bill Trott)

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