Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with Cabinet members in the Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Metzel, Presidential Press Service)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government Wednesday to honor a $15 billion bailout deal for Ukraine, but a minister suggested the makeup of a new government in Kiev would determine how quickly the vital aid was dispatched.In Kiev, Ukraine's new interim prime minister promised to try to limit the economic damage inflicted by more than two months of turmoil, and said he expected Russia to disburse a further $2 billion aid installment "very soon". Putin repeated a promise he made Tuesday to provide the aid even if the opposition forms the next government in Kiev.Ukraine has been gripped by mass unrest since President Viktor Yanukovich walked away from the EU deals last November.Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned Tuesday in an attempt to appease the protesters and the opposition, and though his deputy has taken over as acting prime minister, it is unclear when a new government will be formed. The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was in Kiev Wednesday and scheduled to meet Yanukovich and opposition leaders.
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