(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russiawould 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.
Russia however reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect its compatriots there who were living in "terror", Putin said. His comments lifted Russian bond markets after a panic sell-off on Monday.
While Putin said sanctions being considered against Russia would be counter-productive, a senior U.S. official said Washington was ready to impose them in days rather than weeks.
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