U.S. urges Ukraine's president to restart talks with opposition: White House

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:25pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is appalled by the violence in Kiev and urges Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to restart a dialogue with opposition leaders, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

"We continue to condemn street violence and excessive use of force by either side. Force will not resolve the crisis," Carney told a briefing.

"To restore peace and stability, we urge President Yanukovich to deescalate immediately the situation and end the confrontation" with protesters, he said. "We also urge him to restart a dialogue with opposition leaders today."

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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