Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:36 PM
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.