Friday, March 7, 2014
(Washington, DC) -- President Obama is urging Vladimir Putin to reach a diplomatic solution on the crisis in Ukraine. Obama spoke by phone with the Russian president for an hour today. Obama emphasized to Putin that Russia's move into Crimea violates Ukraine's sovereignty. President Obama said a potential diplomatic solution would include the return of Russian troops to bases and direct talks with Ukraine. Earlier today, Obama said the U.S. and allies are moving forward together to impose restrictions on Russia.