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Obama Spoke With Putin On Phone Thursday To Push Diplomatic Solution

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Obama offered Putin a diplomatic path to end the crisis in Ukraine.

"As a part of that resolution, the governments of Ukraine and Russia would hold direct talks, facilitated by the international community; international monitors could ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians; Russian forces would return to their bases; and the international community would work together to support the Ukrainian people as they prepare for elections in May," the White House statement reads.