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President Obama spoke informally with President Putin for about 15 minutes at the conclusion of the leaders lunch. President Obama underscored that the successful Ukrainian election provides an opportunity that should be taken. President Obama made clear that de-escalation depends upon Russia recognizing President-elect Poroshenko as the legitimate leader of Ukraine, ceasing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and stopping the provision of arms and materiel across the border. President Obama noted President-elect Poroshenko's commitment to pursue reforms to ensure that the rights and interests of all Ukrainians are respected, and urged Russia to work immediately with the government in Kiev to reduce tensions. President Obama made clear that a failure to take these steps would only deepen Russia's isolation. If Russia does take this opportunity to recognize and work with the new government in Kiev, President Obama indicated that there could be openings to reduce tensions.
Ben Rhodes tells the pool that Potus and Putin talked on the sideline of the luncheon: "President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leaders lunch. It was an informal conversation - not a formal bilateral meeting. Will have longer readout to come but wanted to confirm given reports." Rhodes said they spoke for 10 to 15 minutes.
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Ukraine to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President-elect of Ukraine
President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Kyiv, Ukraine to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President-elect of Ukraine on June 7, 2014.
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States, will be the head of the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Department of State
The Honorable John McCain, United States Senator, Arizona
The Honorable Ron Johnson, United States Senator, Wisconsin
The Honorable Chris Murphy, United States Senator, Connecticut
The Honorable Marcia “Marcy” Kaptur, Member of the United States House of Representatives (OH-9)
The Honorable Daniel B. Baer, United States Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Department of State
The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State