President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met informally on Friday in te context of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings in France.
The conversation, according to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes took between 10 and 15 minutes and according to the White House, it did not reach the level of a formal bilateral meeting.
This is the first meeting between the two heads of state since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March.
“Putin and Obama were in favor of an urgent cessation of violence and military actions,” said the Russian spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, to reporters in Normandy.
Peskov also said that the leaders exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and the crisis in the east, where Ukrainian forces confront pro-Russian insurgents.