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Putin Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Crimea Speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday his country would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world, a seemingly conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine. Putin spoke Thursday in Yalta during the final day of a two-day visit to Crimea, the Ukrainian region Russia annexed in March. He was addressing an assembly largely comprised of Russian ministers and members of parliament traveling with...

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