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President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Obama's statement comes as his administration is expressing growing concern over Russian intentions in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blunt warning Friday to Moscow against military moves in the country's southern Crimea region that could further inflame tensions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama could scrap Russia trip amid Ukraine tumult
First Published Feb 28 2014 05:11 pm • Last Updated Feb 28 2014 05:11 pm

WASHINGTON • U.S. officials said Friday that President Barack Obama may scrap plans to attend an international summit in Russia this summer and could also halt discussions on deepening trade ties with Moscow, raising specific possible consequences if Russia should intervene in Ukraine. Obama himself bluntly warned of unspecified "costs" for Russia.

"Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing," Obama declared. Such action by Russia would represent a "profound interference" in matters that must be decided by the Ukrainian people, he said.

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As Obama prepared to speak late Friday in Washington, a spokesman for the Ukrainian border service said eight Russian transport planes had landed with unknown cargo in Crimea. Serhiy Astakhov told The Associated Press that the Il-76 planes arrived unexpectedly Friday and were given permission to land, one after the other, at Gvardeiskoye air base, north of the regional capital, Simferopol.

It’s unclear whether the administration’s threats to pull trade talks or cancel presidential travel will have any impact on Russia’s calculations. Obama canceled a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last year after Russia granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, though Obama still attended a separate international meeting in Russia.

Putin is scheduled to host the Group of Eight economic summit in June in Sochi, the site of the recently completed Winter Olympics. The administration official said the U.S. was in discussions about the summit with European partners and it was difficult to see how some of those leaders would attend if Russia had forces in Crimea.

The official was not authorized to discuss the situation by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.




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