U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
"The sides continued to discuss various aspects of the Ukrainian crisis. V.V. Putin pointed to the inability and unwillingness of the incumbent Kiev authorities to stop the rampage of ultra-nationalist and radicalized groups, which destabilize the situation and terrorize the civilian population, including Russian-speaking residents and our compatriots," the report runs.
The possible deployment of an OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine was discussed in this context. "In the opinion of the Russian president, this mission should operate in all Ukrainian regions," the Kremlin said.
"Concerning the Crimean referendum, V.V. Putin underscored that it was fully consistent with international legal norms and the UN Charter and took into account, in particular, the known Kosovo precedent. Residents of the peninsula were guaranteed the possibility of a free expression of will and self-determination," the report said.
The chiefs of state noted that in spite of their being of different opinions a joint search for ways to assist in the Ukrainian stabilization was necessary.
In addition, the U.S. president congratulated V. Putin on the success of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games and asked him to convey greetings to the athletes.
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