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Rep. Michael Rogers, Michigan Republican chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said Russian president Vladimir Putin is outmaneuvering President Obama in recent negotiations, including the Russian presence in the Ukraine.

“I think Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles,” he said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday.”

Russian military forces have seized Crimea, an autonomous version of the Ukraine, and Mr. Rogers said Mr. Obama’s threat of stalling planning for the upcoming Sochi G8 summit is falling on deaf ears.

“Not even a little bit,” Mr. Rogers said when asked if the halting the summit planning would stop Mr. Putin. “If any of that would’ve gotten Putin’s attention, we wouldn’t have been there in the first place. This isn’t an isolated incident, they’re expanding their border.”

 

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‘Putin is playing chess, we’re playing MARBLES': Weak Obama has been out-foxed by Russian PM over Ukraine, say politicians from both parties – as head of Kiev’s navy defects to Moscow

  • Mike Rogers, he chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama was being out-foxed by President Putin over Ukraine
  • Denis Berezovsky, the commander in chief of Ukrainian navy defected to the Russians on Sunday
  • Joined list of politicians from both sides of the house who have criticized the president’s reaction to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine
  • Secretary of State John Kerry called for an immediate de-escalation of hostilities and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
  • President Obama had a 90 minute phone call Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • Obama condemned the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine and pulled the US out of preparatory meetings for an upcoming G-8 summit in Sochi
  • The UN Security Council held open hearings on the growing crisis where the revocation of trade deals was discussed

 

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President Obama is being hopelessly outmaneuvered on the global stage by President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine said senior House Republican, Mike Rogers on Sunday.

‘I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. It’s not even close,’ said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on FoxNews.

Rogers said that the United States was being recklessly naive in its dealing with Russia and that Putin’s move to send Russian troops into Crimea following the ousting of Ukraine’s president ‘is not an isolated incident.’

Critical: Republican Mike Rogers was hugely critical of President Obama and his administrations reaction to President Putin of Russia and his decision to militarily intervene in Ukraine

Critical: Republican Mike Rogers was hugely critical of President Obama and his administrations reaction to President Putin of Russia and his decision to militarily intervene in Ukraine

 

‘They have been running circles around us and I believe we are being naive,’ said Rogers.

‘We think it we keep on giving things to Russia they will wake up one day and say, ‘Oh the United States is not that bad’

‘That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.’

This is the latest critique of the president as politicians from both parties attacked President Barack Obama’s threats to Russian President Vladimir Putin .

Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Marco Rubio (FL) and Bob Corker (TN) and others, as well as some Democrats, reached across the aisle to call for immediate sanctions against Russia and aid to Ukraine before Putin becomes even more emboldened.

Stern warning: President Barack Obama threatened sanctions while talking Saturday on the phone from the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine

 

Stern warning: President Barack Obama threatened sanctions while talking Saturday on the phone from the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine

McCain was quick to criticize the president’s threats in an interview with the Daily Beast, calling them ‘laughable’ and partly blaming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for thinking she and Obama could ‘reset’ relations with Russia back in 2009.

‘She believed that somehow there would be a reset with a guy who was a KGB colonel who always had ambitions to restore the Russian empire,’ said McCain. ‘That’s what this is all about.’

The Senator called for the Obama administration to more liberally enforce the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act, which has allowed the US government to sanction Russian officials for human rights violations since being signed into law in 2009.

And on Sunday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine ‘an incredible act of aggression’ and said President Vladimir Putin has made ‘a stunning, willful’ choice to invade another country.

Kerry says Russia should respect the democratic process through which the Ukrainian people ousted their pro-Russian president and assembled a new government.

Tense: Armed men stand guard at the local government headquarters in Simferopol, Crimea March 2, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically

Tense: Armed men stand guard at the local government headquarters in Simferopol, Crimea March 2, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically

 

Defection: Ukrainian navy chief Denis Berezovsky swears allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea in Sevastopol March 2, 2014 in this still image taken from video

Defection: Ukrainian navy chief Denis Berezovsky swears allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea in Sevastopol March 2, 2014 in this still image taken from video

 

And inside Ukraine matters twisted yet again as the the country launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on only his second day on the job.

Denis Berezovsky was shown on Russian television swearing allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea. Russian forces have seized the Black Sea peninsula and told Ukrainian forces there to give up their weapons.

‘During the blockade by Russian forces of the central headquarters of the navy, he declined to offer resistance and laid down his weapons,’ said Viktoria Syumar, deputy secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council.

‘The prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal case against Denis Berezovsky under statute 111: state treason,’ she said. Another admiral, Serhiy Hayduk, was placed in charge of the navy.

 

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