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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers Session at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The Brussels meeting is the final gathering of high-ranking government officials before the summit of NATO’s leaders scheduled for September in Wales. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleagues are expected to fine tune the summit’s agenda on a wide array of topics, from how to redeploy NATO’s forces in response to Russian capabilities and actions to what to do in Afghanistan when NATO’s combat mission in that country comes to an end this December. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Crisis in Ukraine: The World Reacts

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On Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in Ukraine, a move intended to show Moscow's eagerness to de-escalate tensions and avoid a new round of Western sanctions.

Putin had said his request, made a day earlier, was intended to help support the peace process in Ukraine, which began Friday with a weeklong cease-fire.

Putin needs to show his support for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan ahead of Friday's European Union summit to avoid further Western sanctions. The EU has warned it could introduce new sanctions that would target entire sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow fails to help de-escalate the crisis.

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