Obama worried about Russian support for separatists

He told Putin in a phone conversation and stressed "the importance of Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine to reduce tensions"

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has expressed "great concern" about Russia's support for "pro-Russian separatist armed groups" in Ukraine during a conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as reported by the White House.

Based on this version of the telephone conversation, Obama stressed that the aim of these is to "undermine and destabilize the Ukrainian government" and called on Putin to "use its influence with these groups to abandon buildings that have occupied" in the east.

He also stressed "the importance of Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine to reduce tensions." It has also warned that Moscow will face higher costs if it continues its policy in Ukraine, as the U.S. has collected newspaper USA Today.

"The president has highlighted the growing political and economic isolation of Russia as a result of his actions in Ukraine and has made it clear that the costs that incurred Moscow will be enhanced if these actions persist," he detailed.

Finally, he assured that the conversation took place "at the request of Moscow" and has assessed that, although there is still the possibility of a diplomatic solution, it "did not come in an atmosphere of military intimidation by Russian provocation armed within Ukraine, and aggressive rhetoric from the Kremlin. "

Earlier, the Kremlin said Putin had urged his U.S. counterpart during the conversation to do everything in their power to avoid "use of force and bloodshed" in eastern Ukraine, where he denied that Russia is involved in the latest developments.

"The current protest in the South East is the result of the unwillingness and inability of the current regime in Kiev to consider the interests of Russians and Russian speakers" stressed Putin, according to the television network picked Russian RT.

"Putin has called on Obama to use all their skills to avoid the use of force and bloodshed," added the Kremlin, referring to the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to launch a large-scale anti-terrorist operation against separatist maintaining pro-Russian occupied several government buildings in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Moreover, the Russian president has taken the conversation to deny that Moscow is meddling in Ukraine. "The president stressed that such speculation is based on unreliable information," stated the President.

According to Putin, "the Russian authorities should instead turn their attention to formulating a new constitution involving all political forces in the country, create a federal state and guarantees to Ukraine's nonaligned status".

traslation: Belén Zapata