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Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) -- A Russian official says top diplomats from the U.S., EU, Ukraine and Russia are trying to forge a joint position on the crisis in Ukraine.

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry tells The Associated Press they are working on a “substantial” statement to be presented publicly in Geneva. That's after lengthy discussions on how to calm spiraling tensions.

The talks went into overtime Thursday following a television appearance in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin denied that Russian troops are in Ukraine but said he hoped he would not have to send them in.

Putin also accused the U.S. of double standards on Ukraine. But he called the talks in Geneva “very important.”

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