Russian president Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama Friday to discuss a U.S.-proposed diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
Obama asked that Russia provide a written response and the presidents agreed that their respective foreign ministers would discuss what comes next, the White House said.
The call between the two leaders comes amid high tensions following Russia’s annexation of the southern region of Crimea last week. Russia has amassed some 50,000 troops along Ukraine’s eastern border that it says are involved in military exercises, but U.S. officials have expressed concern that they could be used for another Russian landgrab.
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