Obama: Putin must recognise new Ukraine President

Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he must recognise the new Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko in order to help de-escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin in front of Barack Obama before a 'family photo' of leaders at the D-Day commemoration. Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

According to a White House official, the US President also told Mr Putin that if Russia works with the new Ukrainian authorities there could be "openings" to reduce tensions in the region.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes added that Mr Obama had demanded "ceasing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and stopping the provision of arms and material across the border".

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Cameron tells Putin: Ukraine situation 'not acceptable'

Prime Minister David Cameron said he gave Russian president Vladimir Putin a "very clear and firm set of messages" during face-to-face talks in Paris about the Ukraine crisis and said the current situation is "not acceptable".