Putin Calls Obama for 4th of July

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks by phone with farmer Alexander Kuksenko at an office somewhere in the undisclosed location in the Amur Region, on May 22, 2014. Putin announced earlier this week  that Russian troops near the Ukraine border, estimated by NATO to number 40,000, were to return to bases after the end of spring exercises. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL / ALEXEY DRUZHININ        (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Like that ex who just doesn't realize you are over him, Vladimir Putin gave President Obama a call to say he would like better relations and to wish the president a happy Fourth of July. "The head of the Russian state expressed hope that ... ties between the two countries will develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality despite difficulties and disagreements," the Kremlin said. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on members of the Russian elite and stopped working with Russia on numerous issues. The U.S. is also threatening more sanctions over Russia's involvement in arming separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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