Obama 'deeply concerned' by Russian action in Ukraine

President Obama spoke for 90 minutes with President Putin about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

Read: Obama warns Putin Russia will face 'greater isolation'

Obama told Putin that Russia's actions in Ukraine, "would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community."

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White House statement.
White House statement. Credit: White House

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 White House said.

The United States called on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refraining from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.

The Kremlin released their own version of the call, saying Putin asserted that Moscow "reserves the fight" to protect its interests and "drew attention" to the "provocative, criminal actions" of "ultra-nationalists."

Read: Putin: 'Criminal ultra-nationalists encouraged by Kiev'

Read: Obama and Putin discuss Ukraine crisis as tensions mount

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