The presidents continued their discussion of the critical situation unfolding in Ukraine. During the conversation, they addressed the differences in approaches and assessments of the causes for the current crisis and the present state of affairs.
In particular, Vladimir Putin noted that the current Ukrainian government, which came to power as the result of an unconstitutional coup and was not supported by a nationwide mandate, is imposing entirely illegitimate decisions onto Crimea and the eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine. Russia cannot ignore calls for help on this matter and is responding accordingly, in full compliance with international law.
The President of Russia stressed the paramount importance of Russian-US relations for ensuring stability and security in the world. These relations should not be sacrificed due to disagreements on individual international issues, even if they are very significant.
The leaders of the two nations agreed that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry will continue close communication.