Obama, Putin talk about Boston on phone

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with G20 states finance ministers in the Kremlin in Moscow on February 15, 2013. The unpredicted meteor strike in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk resulted in hundreds of people injured, leaving some Russian officials calling for the creation of a global system of space object defence.
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President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Boston Marathon bombings and resulting manhunt Friday, the White House said.

Police say the two brothers they believe responsible for the Monday bombings are ethnic Chechens from Russia. According to accounts from friends and family, it seems that Dzockhar, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, came to the United States from Kyrgyzstan anytime between 2002 and 2004. The brothers never lived in Chechnya.

President Putin "expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston," the White House said in a press release.

The statement said President Obama thanked the Russian leader and praised the country for its assistance on counter-terrorism. They agreed to continue cooperation on counter-terrorism and security issues going forward.

Three people died and over 170 were injured when two bombs went off close to the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday. A police officer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was also killed several days later.

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