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Russia says US response on Ukraine leaves 'little ground for optimism'

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Russia says US response on Ukraine leaves 'little ground for optimism'

The US rejection of Russia’s main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine leaves little ground for optimism, the Kremlin spokesman said Thursday, while adding that dialogue was still possible.

Tensions have soared in recent weeks, as the United States and its NATO allies expressed fear that a buildup of about 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine signaled Moscow planned to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Russia denies having any such designs and has laid out a series of demands it says will improve security in Europe.

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