US and Russia to discuss potential solution over Ukraine

FINANCIAL TIMES: The US and Russia have agreed to discuss a potential resolution to the Ukraine stand-off, after Vladimir Putin called Barack Obama in a move which may launch a fresh diplomatic effort to de-escalate the crisis.

With tens of thousands of Russian troops massing on the Ukraine border, Mr Obama told Mr Putin that he would support a diplomatic solution “only if [Moscow] pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty”.

agreed that John Kerry, the secretary of state, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, would meet “to discuss the next steps”… (more)