Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine; Obama urges Russia to pull troops back from border

  • by: JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 28, 2014 - 10:06 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Worried about Moscow's intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine's government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity.

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