Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama have discussed the Ukraine crisis over the phone. The conversation was initiated by the U.S. side, the Kremlin said.
According to it, the two chiefs of state focused on the situation in Ukraine and the task of peaceful settlement of the acute crisis in that country.
"Putin described in detail the situation in southeastern Ukraine and put emphasis on the latest Russian propositions, which are being discussed, in particular, in the context of preparations for the "Normandy format" summit planned to take place in Minsk on February 11," the report said.
"The presidents of Russia and the United States underscored importance of the political resolution of internal Ukrainian problems through dialogue, the soonest end of bloodshed and the observation of lawful rights and interests of people in every Ukrainian region without exception, including the southeast," it said.
"Seeking to reconcile positions and approaches regarding the situation in Ukraine, Putin and Obama agreed to maintain contacts on various levels," the Kremlin said.
The French, German, Russian, and Ukrainian leaders had agreed at the end of last week to meet in Minsk in the Normandy format to discuss ways to settle the Ukraine crisis.
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