Obama warns Putin of further costs over Ukraine: White House

WASHINGTON Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:45pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs if its actions in Ukraine persisted, the White House said in a statement.

"The president expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine," the statement said.

"The president noted Russia's growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist," it said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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