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Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

April 14, 2014

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

At Moscow’s request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine.  The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.  The President emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized.  The President reiterated the importance of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine’s border in order to defuse tensions.  President Obama noted that despite the rhetoric from Russian officials, the government of Ukraine has acted with remarkable restraint, and he praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25, pursuing inclusive constitutional reform and proposing concrete steps toward the decentralization of power.  The President noted Russia’s growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist.  The President noted the upcoming contact group meeting in Geneva and said that while he continues to believe that a diplomatic solution is still possible, it cannot succeed in an environment of Russian military intimidation on Ukraine’s borders, armed provocation within Ukraine, and escalatory rhetoric by Kremlin officials.  

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Security threats have no borders. We thank our Partners Across the Globe today for 3 years of NATO cooperation. Stronger Together.

Security threats have no borders. We thank our Partners Across the Globe today for 3 years of NATO cooperation. Stronger Together.

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Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia.
To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia.
Russia has also made baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities and has used force to seize part of Ukraine’s territory.
This document sets the record straight

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia.

To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia.

Russia has also made baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities and has used force to seize part of Ukraine’s territory.

This document sets the record straight

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This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council decided to appoint Mr. Jens Stoltenberg (middle) as Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General as from 1 October 2014

This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council decided to appoint Mr. Jens Stoltenberg (middle) as Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General as from 1 October 2014

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President Obama holds joint press conference with Herman Van Rompuy (middle) and José Manuel Barroso (right) at the EU-US Summit on March 26, 2014. (Photo Jim Wolfe/USEU)

President Obama holds joint press conference with Herman Van Rompuy (middle) and José Manuel Barroso (right) at the EU-US Summit on March 26, 2014. (Photo Jim Wolfe/USEU)

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cooperation on Common Security and Defense Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

March 26, 2014

FACT SHEET:  U.S.-EU Cooperation on Common Security and Defense Policy

The United States and European Union work closely on security issues, including practical cooperation regarding the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), the EU’s mechanism for deploying crisis management missions around the world.  U.S. cooperation with the EU includes our shared efforts to strengthen cooperation between the EU and NATO and their respective work on operations and capabilities, which is of particular importance for the United States as a member of NATO.

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