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A Ukrainian serviceman (R) sits on a gate as armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand guard inside a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean town of Yevpatoria, March 5. The United States and Britain failed in an attempt to bring Russia and Ukraine together on Wednesday at a meeting in Paris of a group created to assure Kiev's security after it renounced nuclear weapons in the 1990s. (Reuters photo)

Russia says it can't control Crimea troops ahead of U.S. talks

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By John Irish and Timothy Heritage

PARIS/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it could not order "self-defense" forces in Crimea back to their bases ahead of the first face-to-face talks with the United States on easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.

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