Trump vows to restore 'peace' along Russia, Ukraine border

Trump vows to restore 'peace' along Russia, Ukraine border
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President Trump on Saturday pledged to "restore peace" along the border between Russia and Ukraine, according to the White House.
 
The White House said in a statement that Trump had a "very good call" with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday afternoon addressing "a variety of topics, including Ukraine's long-running conflict with Russia."
 
"We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border," Trump said, according to a readout of the call.
 
The White House also noted that the two leaders discussed "the potential for a meeting in the near future."
 
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The politically fragile region in eastern Ukraine was plunged into armed conflict again this week, after Ukrainian forces clashed with Russian-backed separatist groups.
 
Trump has pushed for closer ties with Russia, though has faced pushback from U.S. lawmakers in both parties, who have urged him to be more skeptical of the Russian leader.
 
The new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seemed to take a firm anti-Russian stance on Thursday, as she condemned Moscow for its geopolitical maneuver in Ukraine.
 
"I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia. It is unfortunate because it is a replay of far too many instances over many years in which Unites States representatives have needed to do that. It should not have to be that way," Haley said in her address to the U.N.
 
Haley added that the White House still hopes to normalize relations with the Kremlin, while vowing to keep Crimea-related sanctions in place until Russia returns the annexed territory back to Ukraine.
 
Trump on Saturday also spoke with the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni about strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and has agreed to attend the G-7 summit in Italy in May, the White House said.
 
Trump reiterated his commitment to NATO to the Italian leader, with whom he is expected to meet at the summit, the statement said.
 
Updated: 7:56 p.m.