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Putin to Obama: We’re Not Meddling

Whose word do we take for this? On Monday, President Obama and Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone about the violence bubbling in eastern Ukraine, with reports that pro-Russian groups are occupying government offices. "In response to the president of the United States' expressed concern about Russia's supposed meddling in southeastern Ukraine, the president of Russia noted that such speculations are based on inaccurate information," the Kremlin said of the call. A U.S. official says Obama made clear that Russia's actions were not conducive to diplomacy, and urged Putin to call for "all irregular forces" in Ukraine to "lay down their arms."