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Obama chides Putin over separatists, nuke treaty

Published on Aug 2, 2014 1:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday to express his "deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine", the White House said.

Mr Obama also repeated his concern about Moscow's alleged breach of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, under which the US and Russia agreed not to develop medium-range cruise missiles.

"The President reinforced his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed to keep open their channels of communication," a White House statement said.

Separately, the Kremlin said the two leaders had agreed that the current situation in Ukraine - where pro-Russian separatists are battling government - was not in either country's interest.

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