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Tensions ease, but Russia still talks tough

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Mar 4, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) - 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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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.