Inside the Phone Call Between Obama and Putin

Russian President Putin phones President Obama to discuss possible "diplomatic solutions."
3:00 | 03/30/14

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Now to that tense standpoint over Ukraine. After Russia swiftly moved into crimea, the U.S. Imposing sanctions. Then the war of words, been president Obama and Vladimir Putin. Then word of that surprise phone call from Putin to president Obama. Now, John Kerry traveling to meet with his Russian counterpart. Terry Moran in Paris. Reporter: Good evening, David. These are high-stakes talks here in Paris, a hastily arranged u.s.-russia meeting, all triggered by a surprise phone call from Vladimir Putin to president Obama on Friday, as diplomacy races to keep up with the crisis. That was fast. In crimea late last night, all the clocks were moved two hours forward to be on Moscow time, just days after Russia took control of the region from Ukraine. And there's this. Russian tanks and troops, up to 50,000, the U.S. Says, now poised on Ukraine's border, a very real threat to invade the rest of the country. Tonight in Paris, it was a perfunctory handshake between secretary of state Kerry and the Russian foreign minister. Afterwards -- Both of us recognize the finding of a diplomatic solution and simultaneously meeting the needs of the Ukrainian people and that we agreed on tonight. Reporter: The big question now -- what does Putin want? On "This week" the Russian ambassador in Washington refused to rule out another military move. Under close questioning from George stephanopoulos. Can you state unequivocally that Russian troops will not push into eastern Ukraine? Well, we have said so many times that we have no intent, no interest in crossing the border. But does that mean you won't do it? Well, we are not planning to. Reporter: So for all the diplomacy here in Paris, the risk of a wider war is still very real. Talks will continue. But so far, there's nothing that president Obama has tried has stopped Putin in Ukraine, or even really slowed him down.

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