Russian and U.S. leaders discuss Ukraine crisis in a phone call - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama discussed the situation in Ukraine over the phone, the Kremlin press service has reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama discussed the situation in Ukraine over the phone, the Kremlin press service has reported.

The telephone conversation was held at Washington's initiative, the press service said.

"The sides continued to discuss the continuing acute situation in Ukraine. The discussion exposed differences in the sides' approaches and assessments of the reasons behind the ongoing crisis and the current state of affairs," it said.

Putin told Obama that the leaders who came to power in Ukraine as a result of this anti-constitutional coup and who lack a nationwide mandate are imposing their absolutely illegitimate decisions on the country's southeastern regions and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the press service said.

Russia cannot ignore the requests for help that it has been receiving, and it has been acting appropriately and in total compliance with international law, Putin said, according to the Kremlin press service.

"The president of Russia emphasized the key role that Russian-American relations have been playing to maintain stability and security worldwide. These relations should not be sacrificed in favor of disagreements over individual, albeit quite important, international problems," it said.

The presidents of the two countries agreed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would continue their intense contacts on this matter, the press service said.

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