Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to pursue diplomacy
7 March 2014 Last updated at 06:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama has urged President Vladimir Putin to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, in a lengthy telephone call.
In their hour-long conversation, the Russian leader said Moscow-Washington relations should not suffer.
The crisis has led to a widespread boycott by foreign dignitaries of the Sochi Winter Paralympics, which open on Friday.
Ukraine is to announce its decision on taking part in the competition shortly. Alpa Patel reports.