U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande warned Russian President Vladimir Putin today (March 8, 2014) of "new measures" against Russia if it fails to work toward defusing the crisis in Ukraine, according to the Newsmax World website.
In a phone call today, Obama and Hollande insisted on the "need for Russia to withdraw forces it sent to Crimea since the end of February and to do everything to allow the deployment of international observers."
Obama's conversation with Hollande was one of a half-dozen telephone conversations he had with world leaders today about Ukraine, the White House said.
He also spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and held a conference call with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The warnings to Putin come in the wake of armed Russian men trying to seize another Ukrainian military base on the Crimea peninsula.