Obama says still hopes for diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Obama and Irish PM Kenny talk to the media in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he still hopes for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis heading into a pivotal weekend. Obama, meeting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office, reiterated to reporters that there would be consequences should Russia refuse to loosen its grip on the Crimea region of southern Russia. “We continue to hope that there is a diplomatic solution to be found,” Obama said. Obama’s comments came as his secretary of state, John Kerry, met in London with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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