Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/Pool
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Moscow pledged Tuesday it would not intervene in the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine but said the country should not be forced to choose between Russia and the West.President Vladimir Putin has remained silent on the regime change in the former Soviet republic and the situation in Ukraine was not mentioned when Russian state channels interviewed him in Sochi on Tuesday.Asselborn struck a conciliatory tone, saying it was necessary to maintain historic ties between Russia and Ukraine.He also said Ukraine's stability could only be a product of a broad dialogue that must include Russia, both on political reforms and financial aid.
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