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Obama's National Security Team Meets on Escalating Ukraine Crisis — Guess Who Reportedly Doesn't Show?

"Russia retains the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population of those areas."

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A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama's national security team met Saturday to discuss the escalating situation in Ukraine, but Obama reportedly didn't attend, The Weekly Standard reported.

Time magazine's Zeke Miller said Obama skipped the meeting:

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But Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin did speak by telephone Saturday as the U.S. reviews Russia's military moves in Ukraine, the Associated Press reported.

Here's Miller's breakdown of how the 90-minute phone call went:

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There also was a high-level meeting at the White House Saturday after Russia's parliament gave Putin the military go-ahead to protect Russian interests in neighboring Ukraine, the AP said.

Participants in the meeting included Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the AP said.

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