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Obama to urge Europe to keep pressure on Russia

President Barack Obama will press European leaders this week to keep pressure on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, while seeking to assuage fears from Poland and other NATO allies that the West could slip back into a business-as-usual relationship with Moscow.

Obama's four-day trip to Poland, Belgium and France follows successful national elections in Ukraine and signs that Russia is moving most of its troops off its shared border with the former Soviet republic.

Yet violence continues to rage in eastern Ukrainian cities and it's uncertain whether Ukraine's new president-elect can stabilize his country.

U.S. officials say Russia still has not taken the necessary steps to ease tensions and could still face additional economic sanctions.

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