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Veteran U.S., Russia diplomats to tackle Ukraine tensions in Geneva

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By Simon Lewis and Mark Trevelyan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Talks between U.S. and Russian diplomats begin in Geneva on Monday after a weeks-long standoff over Russian troop deployments near its border with Ukraine, with veteran envoys on each side trying to avert a crisis. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the No. 2 official at the U.S. State Department, will face Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. The two combined have more than half a century of diplomatic experience. Russia, which moved nearly 100,000 troops close to its border with Ukraine, says it is not preparing for an…

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