Obama urges Putin to stop supporting separatists in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/23 12:12 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama on Monday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and the flow of arms across the border.

Obama and Putin spoke by telephone on Monday morning. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama urged Putin to use his personal influence with those separatists to promote peace and stability in Ukraine. He also said a diplomatic solution is still possible, but Russia will face additional costs if it doesn't take concrete action.

Earnest said the United States is very supportive of new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who he said is "willing to go the extra mile."

The calls come as insurgents in eastern Ukraine promise to honor a cease-fire declared by Poroshenko, and engage in more talks to help resolve the deadly conflict.

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