Washington: Amidst the ongoing sabre rattling between Russia and US, Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday called his US counterpart Barack Obama as the two leaders discussed the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the dangling ISIS menace. Obama and Putin discussed the necessity of countering the Islamic State and the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.
They also discussed the developments in the Middle East, including developments in Syria and the Iranian nuclear talks. The US has said it would deploy heavy weapons in central and eastern Europe for the first time. NATO has also promised that it would to step up its military presence in eastern Europe.
“Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfil its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory,” the White House said. The crisis in Ukraine has resulted in the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War.