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Putin calls Obama to discuss how to resolve the Ukraine crisis

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On the same day that Congressional Republicans hosted a briefing by Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove about the Ukraine situation, shunning Democrats in the process, Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss a plan developed by Secretary Kerry and Sergei Lavrov to resolve the situation presumably under international law.

In the end, the Russians may end up with Crimea that is home to mostly ethnic Russians. But, that would happen only by backtracking some of the steps to make it legal. That would include some negotiation with the Ukraine government.

This analyst might propose that Russia cancel the Ukraine debt in exchange for the Ukrainians forfeiting the Crimean region where the majority of citizens prefer joining Russia.

Who knows what they will come up with, but it won’t be Kerry’s plan alone as the Ukraines must agree. The European Union and other international stakeholders must agree too.

“Putin calls Obama to discuss ‘diplomatic resolution’ to Ukraine crisis, White House says

By Scott Wilson, Updated: Friday, March 28, 5:44 PM E-mail the writer
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Russian President Vladi­mir Putin called President Obama on Friday to discuss how to pursue a “diplomatic resolution” to the crisis in Ukraine, the White House announced.

In a statement, the White House said Putin called Obama — who is completing a visit to Europe and the Middle East, in large part to rally support against Russia’s seizure of Crimea — to go over a proposal Secretary of State John Kerry made to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, earlier this week in The Hague.

“President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, and the presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would meet to discuss next steps,” the statement said.

In the hour-long call, the first between the leaders since the U.S. imposed sanctions against Russia, Obama noted that the Ukrainian government has taken a “restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis and is moving ahead with constitutional reforms and democratic elections, and urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine.”

“President Obama underscored to President Putin that the United States continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis,” the statement said. “President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/putin-calls-obama-to-discuss-diplomatic-resolution-to-ukraine-crisis-white-house-says/2014/03/28/9b896ce8-b6bc-11e3-b84e-897d3d12b816_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboPEN_p

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