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Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. On the same day as the West and Russia reached a deal on the Ukraine crisis, Europe and Russia also agreed to meet on European energy security. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, Europe, and the US agreed Thursday to steps that aim to deescalate an increasingly delicate situation in eastern Ukraine. Energy interdependency has helped tamp down tensions as the sides take a step toward settling Ukraine's natural gas debt.

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