Vladimir Putin calls President Obama to discuss Ukraine conflict

By Ian O'Brien,

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama to talk about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. He called inquiring about how to peacefully resolve the conflict. Obama received Putin's call when he was in Saudi Arabia.

According to The New York Times, Ukraine's border had troops building up, and Putin's call to Obama was unexpected. They agreed to send their chief diplomats to discuss how to prevent this crisis from getting worse.

According to the Kremlin, Putin's concerns were with "the continued rampage of extremists" in the Ukraine and Kiev and suggesting the help of the global community in stabilizing the situation.

Putin also expressed concern with the fate of the breakaway region of Trans-Dniester.

This conflict has commonly been seen as the biggest since the end of the Cold War, but it remains unknown whether Putin is genuinely interested in reaching a settlement with Ukraine.

According to BBC News, Obama urged Putin to avoid building up more troops on the Russian border. The proposal created by the United States after consulting Ukraine and Europe calls for Russian troops to return to their bases and aims to protect Russian speakers' rights in Crimea.

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