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Putin Talks Tough But Cools Tensions Over Ukraine

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March 04, 2014 AT 3:00 PM
Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and urged Putin to stand down. Kerry said, "It is not appropriate to invade a country, and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve."