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Tensions ease, but Russia still talks tough

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Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:36 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: russia, crimea, ukraine, putin, obama

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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