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  • casesuzz casesuzz Mar 29, 2014 1:40 PM Flag

    W. H. & Kremlin seem to have different recollections of Obama-Putin call

    Sure looks to me like Russia plans to invade Eastern Ukraine sooner vs later. Especially with 80,000 troops on Ukraine border and this:

    "President Obama noted that the Ukrainian government continues to take a restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis ..." vs. "Vladimir Putin drew Barack Obama’s attention to continued rampage of extremists ..."
    President Obama urged Russia to pull "back its troops and ... not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty." The Kremlin somehow misses this.
    Vladimir Putin began talking about Transnistria, the Russian-majority region of Moldova that considers itself a sovereign state, but the White House did not mention this. Given that Transnistria has been touted as a potential conflict point by the European head of NATO, that's noteworthy.

    In fact, it seems that there's only one thing the pair might agree on: They exchanged views on the phone.

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