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Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters in the country's east.

The Kremlin said in a statement following Monday's conversation that the Russian leader rejected the claims of Russian agents' involvement in protests as "speculations based on unreliable information." Putin said the protests vented public anger about the Ukrainian government's reluctance to recognize the interests of Russian speakers in the east.

More than a dozen government offices and police stations have been seized by mobs. The Ukrainian government and the West have accused Russia of staging the protests.

The Ukrainian authorities have pledged to dislodge protesters. The Kremlin said Putin urged Obama to use American influence in Ukraine to prevent the use of force and bloodshed.

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Charlotte April 15 2014 at 11:35 AM


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Rick Elkin Charlotte April 15 2014 at 11:50 AM

Unfortunately, America will NOT wake up. As long as Obama keeps giving everyone freebies, he and his party will win elections. The vote is no longer about right and wrong, it's about who's popular, regardless of whether he or she has the credentials to hold the office.

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thatiger_roars Charlotte April 15 2014 at 12:09 PM

America, Land of the Snooze Button... Not going to happen.

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cmax383666 April 14 2014 at 8:44 PM

We are between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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mgoose806 April 14 2014 at 8:45 PM

Did Obama just get off the golf course? This joke is our President...congrats America.

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briansetzerrules mgoose806 April 14 2014 at 8:46 PM

And Willard would be doing what, exactly ?

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dean552014 April 14 2014 at 8:47 PM

NSA releases the conversation between putin-n- bomber
Putin-- I'm tired of being short- know what I mean
Obama-- yea-- I've been coming up short as president-- but i found that you can lie your way out of it
Putin-- but people can see I'm short
Obama-- people only believe what they want-- thats why I'm pushing social equility--- everybody will have the same height
Putin-- we have that-- its called socialist--

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hugh4u2 dean552014 April 14 2014 at 8:50 PM


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horvathmich April 14 2014 at 8:49 PM

I wonder if we had an issued with Mexico, lets just say, would we appreciate the Russians telling us what we should be doing or not doing, or threatening sanctions, or maybe sending their war ships over to ports in cuba, and not to mention sending money to Mexico???/

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Carol April 15 2014 at 10:54 AM

More photo ops?

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biggdogg April 14 2014 at 10:44 PM

The picture looks more like he is determined to get fries with his double bacon cheeseburger this time.

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philtshady April 14 2014 at 9:10 PM

The last thing this world need is another war. I hope cooler heads will prevail.

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terpmarty April 14 2014 at 9:13 PM

Point that Putin pleaded with the president
Putin is not the one pleading in that conversation.

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Perry terpmarty April 14 2014 at 9:45 PM

Yep I saw you sittting RIGHT there.

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wizardsking April 14 2014 at 9:15 PM

A whole new meaning for SITTING PRESIDENT!

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