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Obama talks to Putin about Ukraine, missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate concern about Russia's support of separatists in Ukraine and about Russian compliance with a 1987 nuclear missile treaty that the U.S. says Moscow breached.

The White House says Obama spoke to Putin Friday. The call came at the end of a week in which the U.S. and the European Union increased sanctions against Russia.

Also Friday, Vice President Joe Biden announced $8 million in new assistance to Ukraine to improve its border security. The money will pay for transportation, small boats and better surveillance equipment. But it does not include armaments, as demanded by some congressional Republicans.

The White House said Biden called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (por-uh-SHEN'-koh) on Friday to announce the assistance.

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pumpertom August 01 2014 at 4:02 PM

why not put 8 million into our border security??

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alaincleancpts pumpertom August 01 2014 at 5:14 PM

best post ^5

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ualfriend pumpertom August 02 2014 at 11:44 AM

talk to the con's in congress

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rivera8787 August 01 2014 at 3:40 PM

This is ALL he does is TALK...no action just rhetoric. Why hasn't he demanded the return of the U.S. Marine in Mexico?? Yet, he'll sound off for an Israeli soldier.....this yahoo is clueless

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ram4131 August 01 2014 at 3:55 PM

Biden announces $8M in aid. That must be comforting for Ukraine seeing as how that's about the same cost as flying over there to deliver it would be.

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Proud Conservati August 01 2014 at 4:12 PM

Listened to parts of the great president stuttering and stammering while passing the blame to past president Bush and now onto Congress. He whined that Congress will be gone for the next month yet Obama never made mention that he will be on ANOTHER long vacation with tribes of servants tagging along with him all at the taxpayers expense. He is nothing but empty words. Couldn't miss that he wanted a Happy Birthday yelled out to him not once but TWICE. Who cares.

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dhsdome August 01 2014 at 4:52 PM

Obama spent more than $8M of taxpayer money campaigning in California a week ago.

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Carol August 02 2014 at 12:37 PM

$8 MILLION to Ukraine, to ramp up their border security? When will it be time to secure our borders? When will America's own problems be the focus?

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d.carns August 01 2014 at 5:07 PM

Putin must be laughing his A$$ off while Obama is on the phone with more of his clown jokes. what a worthless piece of crap Obama is and the laughing stock of the World.

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topazmee August 01 2014 at 4:43 PM

Obama is nothing but talk and whine. He's best at blaming the GOP every chance he gets. Does this president do anything else?? Oh..yes...fundraisers top of the list

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drusus5845 August 01 2014 at 5:08 PM

Just go hammer Obama because there is no justice in the world, Putin has decided to invade Poland, it took too long for the sun to rise this morning, question his existence, and just about anything to stay away from the word you would like to use "N" Is your real name George Wallace?

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markschupp August 01 2014 at 5:50 PM

Disagreement with Dear Leader is now hate

Because what can be more progressive than to fake an issue for the low information voters when Democrats have nothing else to run on?

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Don't like the idea of completely opening our borders and enrolling everyone and everything that comes through (including tumbleweeds, armadillos, scorpions, coyotes, large spiders, lizards, lice, fleas, ticks, etc.) as voters from our party? Well then you hate Dear Leader. Stop hatin' on him already and get to work doing his bidding!

Don't want to give Dear Leader a blank check to put any amount of monopoly money on it that he pleases? Well, you are hatin' Dear Leader. Stop that!

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theartcat markschupp August 02 2014 at 3:01 PM

I can tell by your long windedness that you're a spoiled self centered American, probably overweight and severely under educated. I suggest you jump the White House fence, take a firearm with you exercise your outdated 2nd amendment rights, fire a couple shots in the air once your feet hit the front lawn just to let the secret service know you're there and that your opinion is the right one. I'll cheer you the whole way.

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chuckhalper theartcat August 02 2014 at 6:11 PM

I can tell you are an arrogant liberal, one that sees your personal salvation in the hands of a politician...

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