Six Times President Obama Talked On The Phone With Vladimir Putin About Ukraine

President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone Monday, addressing the escalating situation in Ukraine.

After each call, the White House Press Office releases a lengthy readout, highlighting the diplomatic steps Obama was taking to address the problem.

Here are six highlights from each report from the White House:

April 14:

“The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.”

March 28:

“President Obama reiterated that the United States has strongly opposed the actions that Russia has already taken to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

March 16:

“President Obama reiterated that a diplomatic resolution cannot be achieved while Russian military forces continue their incursions into Ukrainian territory and that the large-scale Russian military exercises on Ukraine’s borders only exacerbate the tension.”

March 6:

“President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners.”

March 1:

“President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law … The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.”

February 21:

“On Ukraine, they exchanged views on the need to implement quickly the political agreement reached today in Kyiv, the importance of stabilizing the economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, and the need for all sides to refrain from further violence.”

“The President also congratulated Russia on its hosting of the Olympic games.”


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