White House spokesman Jay Carney refused Monday to comment directly on former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' assessment that Crimea will never be handed back to Ukraine by Russia. "I don't have a crystal ball," Carney said at the daily White House briefing. Carney said that the U.S. will not recognize the results of the Russian-backed referendum on the future of that region scheduled for Sunday. "What I can tell you is that this is 2014, and we are long past the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of elected governments, over the heads of the people and their elected officials," Carney said. President Barack Obama will welcome Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk the head of Ukraine's new pro-Western government, to the White House on Wednesday. Yatsenyuk said he will also address the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc....
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