Russia's Putin Calls Obama To Discuss U.S. Proposal On Ukraine -White House

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a U.S. diplomatic proposal for Ukraine, the White House said.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during arrivals for the G20 summit   at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a U.S. diplomatic proposal for Ukraine, the White House said.

Obama suggested to Putin that Russia put a "concrete response in writing" to the U.S. proposal, a White House statement said.

Obama has sought Russian support for a diplomatic resolution in which international monitors would ensure that ethnic Russians in the Crimea region are protected and that Russian troops would return to their bases.

"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 White House said.