Ukraine Talks Between Putin and Obama


Ukraine talks took place between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday via telephone to discuss a proposal introduced by Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders have subsequently agreed that diplomats for Russia and the United States should meet promptly to discuss the proposal.

Officials would not describe specific details about the proposal but said that Obama told Putin during the call that the United States would like to see a diplomatic solution that involves Russia removing its troops from the Crimean Peninsula and not taking any further military action to invade other parts of Ukraine.

Officials confirmed that Obama and Putin agreed during the call that Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov would meet soon to discuss implementation of the proposal that was introduced during talks at The Hague earlier this week.

It was not immediately clear when the meeting might happen. Secretary Kerry has been in Europe with President Obama during the past week and was in Riyadh Friday with the president for a meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh


New York Times