Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (R) meets with Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Andrei Mosienko/Ukraine's Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who is facing mass protests and economic turmoil at home, held a one-on-one meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Sochi on the day of the opening of the Winter Olympics, a Kremlin aide said on Saturday.While the details of the latest meeting are unclear, a similar tete-a-tete between the two leaders late last year is thought to have led to Yanukovich's last-minute decision to spurn a trade deal with the European Union in favour of deeper economic ties with Russia.
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