President Obama did not hold back in an hour long phone conversation with Vladmir Putin, according to ABC News, on March 6. Mr. Obama warned Putin that his invasion of Ukraine is an affront to that nation's sovereignty and "territorial integrity."
President Obama strongly encouraged Putin to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukranian matter. The President characterized the diplomatic solution as one that would be beneficial to the Russians, the Ukrainians, and to the "international community."
In its explanation of just how Mr. Obama's proposed diplomatic solution would play out, the White House made reference to the usage of "international monitors" who would make sure that the Ukrainian people's interests are upheld in the process. The White House stated:
“As a part of that resolution, the governments of Ukraine and Russia would hold direct talks, facilitated by the international community; international monitors could ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians; Russian forces would return to their bases; and the international community would work together to support the Ukrainian people as they prepare for elections in May."
Just hours before the phone conversation between the two leaders, the Obama Administration had imposed visa restrictions on Russians who oppose the current Ukrainian government. This action cleared the path for sanctions against those who are fueling the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
Yesterday's phone conversation between Obama and Putin was the second one in about a week. Last weekend the two leaders had a stressful phone conversation that lasted about ninety minutes.