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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during an appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**
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Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during an appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

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