Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine Solution

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March 28 (Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama today to talk about a U.S. proposal to resolve the conflict over Ukraine and the two leaders dispatched their top diplomats to continue discussions. Phil Mattingly reports on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

President today to discuss the proposal that john kerry had given to vladimir putin's foreign minister at the hague last week.

White house officials are stressing that it was vladimir putin who made this phone call and this might be a first step forward toward some type of diplomatic solution.

No one has really known where he stood.

If the russian troops amassing at the ukrainian border attempt to move forward.

One thing to add, the president stressed to vladimir putin on this call that there is still a diplomatic pathway forward.

However, that pathway will have to include those russian troops near the ukrainian border to start moving back.

That is something russian officials have not been willing to entertain.

Friday evening, a phone call to the president from vladimir putin.

It has been somewhat of a fluid situation, lots of movement.

It did seem to vladimir putin would not budge.

This could be a significant development.

There is a reason why officials are making a point to say that vladimir putin called resident obama.

Perhaps this was here reached -- this was him reaching out.

They wanted to talk about the proposal that john kerry gave his counterpart this week at the hague.

It includes backing down of russian troops, international monitors, and face-to-face negotiations.

Whether or not vladimir putin endorses the proposal or wants anything like it, much too early to tell.

President obama asked vladimir putin to submit their own concrete proposal so that we could have paper on the table.

It will be fascinating to watch.

Thank you so much for the update.

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