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U.S. Pulls Presidential Delegation to Paralympics Over Ukraine

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The United States will not send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, the White House announced Monday.

Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokesperson, said the decision was "in addition to other measures we are taking in response to the situation in Ukraine."

“President Obama continues to strongly support all of the U.S. athletes who will participate in the Paralympics and wishes them great success in the Olympic competition,” Hayden said.

On Sunday, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a similar declaration, saying he believed “it would be wrong” to send British government ministers to Sochi for the event.

The Paralympic Games are set to begin in Sochi on Friday.

— Kristen Welker

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