Obama, wary of foreign crises, faces East-West standoff in Ukraine

Protesters call for U.S. action against possible Russian incursions into Ukraine, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Russia deepened its military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Saturday, ignoring Barack Obama’s stern warning, the U.S. president faced a critical test of whether Washington has the leverage or the will to get Moscow to back down. Obama, who has avoided entanglement in global crises where possible and focused on domestic affairs, now finds himself in the midst of the most dangerous East-West standoff since the end of the Cold War. U.S. officials have said for months they did not want Ukraine’s political crisis to turn into a Washington-Moscow tug of war.

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