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Ukraine crisis: Obama, Xi discuss peaceful resolution: White House

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:45 PM
US President Barack Obama (left) talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday to discuss finding a way to peacefully resolve the crisis in Ukraine's Crimean region. -- FILE PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP, REUTERS) - President Barack Obama began a new week of diplomatic consultations on the Ukraine crisis with a phone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping that focused on a peaceful solution to Russia’s military intervention.

Mr Obama, who is to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House on Wednesday, is seeking ways to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to loosen Russia’s grip on the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.

Mr Obama spoke to Xi on Sunday night. China is a key ally of Russia and has heightened tensions with Japan by declaring an air defense zone over remote islands claimed by both countries in the East China Sea.

A White House statement released on Monday gave little detail as to what was discussed between Mr Obama and Mr Xi, saying the two leaders agreed on the “importance of upholding principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, both in the context of Ukraine and also for the broader functioning of the international system.”

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