Putin Explains to Obama Reports of Russian Troops in Ukraine Misleading

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin gave his explanation to Barack Obama of false reports often voiced by the West of Russian troops supposedly in Ukraine.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his explanation to US President Barack Obama of false reports often voiced by the West of Russian troops supposedly in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

According to a White House press statement, Obama stressed the need for Russia to withdraw its troops and equipment from eastern Ukraine in order to fulfill the Minsk agreement.

“It’s quite easy to guess how the Russian president responded and to understand that this is misleading on the existence of Russian troops [in eastern Ukraine], and this, unfortunately is restated by various heads of state in the West, and each time the Russian side gives its explanation on this, as was also done with the [US] president,” Peskov said in regard to a telephone conversation between Putin and Obama earlier.

The conversation was long and constructive despite the presidents' differences on several issues, the spokesman added. The phone call showed that dialogue is the only way to stay on the right track, Peskov said.

The United States, the European Union and their allies have been accusing Russia of interfering in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in April 2014.

Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the allegations, stressing that Ukraine coming out of political and economic crisis is in Russia's best interests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama said in a telephone conversation that there are no other alternatives besides discussion and dialogue in issues between the countries regardless of their differences in opinions, Kremlin spokesman said Friday.

“The [telephone] conversation was quite long and very constructive despite…the show of differences in opinions on several events, but at the same time it was constructive in its showing no alternatives of dialogue and discussion of issues so as to attempt to stay on the right track,” Peskov told journalists.

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