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Vladimir Putin has 'upper hand' in Ukraine negotiations, Rep. Mike Rogers says

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Sunday said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had outmaneuvered U.S. officials on the crisis in Ukraine and would continue to exert his advantage in any future talks with western leaders.

“He has set the table to his advantage in any kind of negotiation going forward,” the Michigan Republican said on CBS' “Face the Nation,” noting that Putin's popularity has “soared” in Russia since moving to take more control of the Crimean region in Ukraine.

“Clearly, Putin has had the upper hand in this,” Rogers said.

The Obama administration has said it is prepared to move forward with sanctions against Russian leaders, perhaps as early as Monday, if Putin doesn't soften his stance on Ukraine.

And Rogers, the committee chairman, urged caution on reports that the Russian foreign ministry had agreed to more talks on a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine.

“We’ve seen this movie before,” Rogers said, questioning whether the Russians were trying to buy time around a vote in Crimea to secede from Ukraine.

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