Obama and Xi discuss Ukraine

US President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meet at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 24, 2014 on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS)President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States and China can help ensure “respect for the sovereignty of nations” as he held talks on Ukraine with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I believe ultimately that by working together, China and the United States can help strengthen international law, respect for the sovereignty of nations and establish the kind of rules, internationally, that allow all people to thrive,” said the US leader. The United States and the EU, which have imposed sanctions on Russian officials, argue that Russia violated Ukraine’s sovereignty by backing an independence referendum in Crimea that led to the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation by Moscow.

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