By Jeff Mason
WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a passenger plane that was brought down along the Russian-Ukrainian border on Thursday during a phone call prompted by a new round of U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow.
Obama went ahead with a day trip out of Washington as the Ukraine crisis flared anew, amid reports that 23 Americans were among the 295 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down along the Russia-Ukraine border.
Obama has arrived in New York. No scheduling changes so far to his fundraising swing despite “terrible tragedy” of downed Malaysian plane.
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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed a downed passenger plane along the Russian-Ukraine border during a phone call in which Obama warned Moscow of more sanctions if it does not change course in Ukraine.
“I can confirm that President Putin near the end of this morning’s phone call with President Obama noted the early reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Obama and Putin discussed downed Malaysian plane during call today, White House says.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that Russia had failed to take steps needed to ease the crisis in Ukraine, striking an ominous tone that appeared to position the United States for a new round of economic sanctions against Moscow.
President Barack Obama in recent weeks has repeatedly threatened fresh new sanctions, and appears now to have run out of patience as fighting continued to rage in Eastern Ukraine.