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U.S., Russia Discuss Crisis in Ukraine

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The top diplomats from the U.S. and Russia are discussing ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

While those talks continue, the U.S. is renewing its call for Russia to send its troops back to their barracks.

For the first time since Russian forces took control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, Secretary of State John Kerry held direct one-on-one talks with the Russian Foreign Minister as the U.S. works to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. "All parties agreed today it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue," said Kerry.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said they will talk in the future. "We agreed to continue those discussions in the days to come."

The Russians and Ukrainians have yet to sit down together, but Secretary Kerry said there was no expectation that would happen and the talks are showing progress.

"I'd rather be where we are today than where we were yesterday," said Kerry.

While the White House attempts to persuade reluctant allies to go along with economic sanctions against Russia, the U.S. is also stepping up its support of NATO allies in the region.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel the U.S. is putting more planes in the Baltics and increasing aviation training with Polish forces.

NATO is expanding its involvement with Ukraine's civilian and military leadership and reviewing all NATO cooperation with Russia. "They must de-escalate tensions," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general.

In Eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian activists recaptured an administrative headquarters building, while the tense standoff in Crimea has now settled into a waiting game.

Thursday, the House is expecting to take a non-binding vote, expressing support for Ukraine sanctions.

Written by Craig Boswell, CBS News

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