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Obama: Talks offer hope diplomacy can work in Ukraine

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 01:16

April 17 - U.S. President Barack Obama says talks offer hope diplomacy can work in Ukraine, but he still awaits follow-through from Russia. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A sign of common cause in Geneva. Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU agree to an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine -- where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes the move. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation." He told White House reporters it will take a few days to see if Russia embraces the agreement. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The question now becomes: will, in fact, they use the influence they've exerted in a disruptive way to restore some order so that Ukrainians can carry out an election and move forward with the decentralization reforms that they've proposed?" And he has reservations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "My hope is that we actually do see follow through over the next several days. But, I don't think, given past performance, that we can count on that". Obama says the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve.

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Obama: Talks offer hope diplomacy can work in Ukraine

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 01:16