Kerry’s decision comes after Obama and Russian President
Putin initiated the call to Obama, who was in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah. Obama told Putin that a diplomatic resolution was possible “only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the
Kerry and Lavrov will meet to discuss the U.S. response to a "working document" the two officials have been forging to try to avert a more serious confrontation between the two historic superpowers, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
According to the State Department, Kerry and Lavrov have exchanged views on "general elements" that could lessen tensions between East and West, including "international monitors, pullback of Russian forces and direct Russia-Ukraine dialogue — supported by the international community."