Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

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ROME, ITALY - MARCH 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi at Villa Madama on March 27, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The visit to Italy by President Obama is part of a series of institutional meetings in Europe, which began in The Hague on March 24, with a summit on nuclear security. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 3:23 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the border with Ukraine.

The White House says Putin called Obama on Friday while the president was traveling internationally.

The White House says Obama urged Russia to offer a written response to a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine crisis that the U.S. has presented. Obama and Putin agreed that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss further steps.

Obama says Ukraine's government is pursuing de-escalation despite Russia's incursion into Crimea. He urged Putin to support that and to stop building up troops on its border with Ukraine.

The call comes as Ukraine's government and the West are concerned about a possible Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine.

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