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US says hopeful on Ukraine crisis after Russia talks

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The United States voiced hope for a "de-escalation" in the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday, as the West offered billions to Kiev's new government and the tensions in Crimea forced a UN envoy to cut short his mission. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, trailed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, ascends the steps of the Russian Ambassador's Residence before their meeting in Paris on March 5, 2014

In a bid to defuse the worst West-versus-Moscow standoff since the Cold War, US Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris for the first time since the crisis erupted.

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