Obama encouraged Russia to de-escalate, beginning by moving back their troops and sitting down with Ukrainian leaders to negotiate.
Obama Says Russia Must 'Move Back' Troops
March 28, 2014

Via AFP:

Russian President Vladimir Putin called his American counterpart Barack Obama to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic end to the Ukraine crisis on Friday while insisting to the United Nations that Moscow had "no intention" of further military action.

The White House said in a statement Putin phoned Obama following a proposal presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by US Secretary of State John Kerry in The Hague earlier this week.

"President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Obama and Putin had agreed...

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