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NEW YORK, March 4- Stocks and other risky investments, including battered Russian assets, rallied on Tuesday after Russia's president said he saw no need to use military force in Crimea for now, remarks that investors saw as intended to ease tensions over Ukraine.
U.S. bonds fell on Tuesday, as investors' "safe-haven" bid waned, due to signs of progress in resolving the political turmoil in Ukraine.
*Kerry condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine's Crimea region and said Moscow was looking for a pretext to invade more of the country.
*U.S. criticizes Moscow's weekend move into Ukraine. NEW YORK, March 4- Stocks and other risky investments, including battered Russian assets, rallied on Tuesday after Russia's president said he saw no need to use military force in Crimea for now, remarks investors saw as intended to ease tensions over Ukraine.
CNBC's Ian Williams reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama's comments regarding the conflict in Ukraine. The two offered a "comprehensive rebuttal" of Putin's earlier statement, says Williams.
"(The) Russian government ... has chosen aggression and intimidation as a first resort," Kerry said in a news conference in Ukraine's capital.
Secretary of State John Kerry says the people of Ukraine have the right not to go back to life as it was under former President Viktor Yanukovych and the United States stands with the people of Ukraine. The U.S. has offered $1 billion in a loan guarantee to support Ukraine's recovery.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses what kind of assistance the U.S. is prepared to offer Ukraine.
Despite the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, Wall Street looked set to rebound on Tuesday, following the worst day for markets in a month.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses how the global markets are reacting to Vladimir Putin's comments on Ukraine. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kiev today.
MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.
MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.
*Putin's move could ease East-West tension over Ukraine. MOSCOW/ KERCH, Ukraine, March 4- President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base on Tuesday in an announcement that appeared intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON, March 3- President Barack Obama said on Monday that Russia violated international law with its military intervention in Ukraine and warned that the U.S. government would look at a series of economic and diplomatic sanctions to isolate Moscow.
*EU foreign ministers meet to discuss situation in Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers held out the threat of sanctions against Russia on Monday if Moscow fails to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, while offering to mediate between the two, alongside other international bodies.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes a political and diplomatic solution can be reached, reports CNBC's Steve Sedgwick.
*Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.
MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.
BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.