Obama, Putin discuss Malaysia plane incident

FILE - In this June 27, 2014, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends  a ceremony of presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, July 4, 2014, Putin said "regardless of difficulties and disagreements" he hoped that Russia and the U.S. could "successfully develop relations on pragmatic and equal grounds." Relations between Russia and the U.S. have deteriorated as the two countries have struggled to find common ground in Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea in March and a conflict in the east of the country has claimed over 400 lives.  (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool, File)
FILE - In this June 27, 2014, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, July 4, 2014, Putin said "regardless of difficulties and disagreements" he hoped that Russia and the U.S. could "successfully develop relations on pragmatic and equal grounds." Relations between Russia and the U.S. have deteriorated as the two countries have struggled to find common ground in Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea in March and a conflict in the east of the country has claimed over 400 lives. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident over eastern Ukraine.

The Kremlin website published a statement late Thursday that says “the Russian leader informed the U.S. president of the report from air traffic controllers that the Malaysian plane had crashed on Ukrainian territory, which had arrived immediately before the phone call.”

The statement gave no further details about what the leaders discussed with regard to the plane crash. The rest of the phone call was dedicated to the general situation in eastern Ukraine, and recent U.S. sanctions against Russian individuals and companies.

 

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