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President Obama returns to the White House from Key Largo, Fla., on Sunday, following a weekend of relaxation, golf and calling world leaders about the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

Before leaving Florida, Obama got in a second straight day of golf on Sunday, with the same playing partners as on Saturday: Former basketball star Alonzo Mourning, broadcaster and former pro football player Ahmad Rashad, and family friend Cyrus Walker.

The foursome played both days at the Ocean Reef resort in Key Largo.

The White House said Obama spoke separately Saturday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande, all of whom "reiterated their grave concern over Russia's clear violation of international law and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Obama also called Russia's neighbors in the Baltics, speaking with Latvian President Andris Berzins, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Those nations, once part of the Soviet Union, have expressed concern about potential Russian adventurism in their region, given Russia's military action in the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Obama "reaffirmed the United States' unwavering commitment to our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty and our enduring support for the security and democracy of our Baltic allies," a White House statement said.

The White House also said that "all of the leaders agreed on the need for Russia to pull its military forces back to their bases, allow for the deployment of international observers and human rights monitors to the Crimean peninsula, and agree quickly on the formation of a contact group that could lead to direct dialogue between Ukraine and Russia to de-escalate the situation."



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