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Obama briefs congressional leaders on Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Obama is helped offstage by first lady Michelle after an event held to honor members of the U.S. teams and delegations from the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Thursday for talks on the Ukraine crisis, with diplomatic efforts between the United States and Russia facing a hard slog. A week after a trip to Europe that was dominated by meetings to discuss ways to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Obama sat down with Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Obama last spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday by telephone.

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