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Tensions ease, but Russia still talks tough

1 year ago March 04, 2014 Mar 4, 2014 Tuesday, March 04 2014 Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:36:23 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia's Vladimir Putin is still talking tough on Ukraine -- but he has also helped ease tensions today.

Putin says Russia has no intention to "fight the Ukrainian people" -- but he's reserving the right to use force in order to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Russia has agreed to a NATO request to hold a special meeting tomorrow in Brussels to discuss Ukraine -- opening up a possible diplomatic channel.

In Washington, President Barack Obama said today that there is room for Ukraine to be a friend of both the West and Russia.

But he says Russia's military invasion of Ukraine could end up driving countries away from Russia, instead of closer to it.

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