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April 25, 2014

Obama: Sectoral sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine

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With Moscow and Washington trading harsh words, the crisis has brought renewed attention to the testy relationship between Obama and Putin, who was asked during a recent news conference whether Obama would save him if he were drowning. Putin said he was sure that Obama would.

Asked to corroborate that claim on Friday, Obama joked that as a strong swimmer who grew up in Hawaii, he'd like to think he'd save anybody.

"I absolutely would save Mr. Putin if he were drowning," Obama said.

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