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** FILE ** Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, March 26, 2012, for breathing room until after Mr. Obama's re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Demonstrators carry a poster Saturday showing a caricature of Russian Prime Minister and now President-elect Vladimir Putin during a protest in St. Petersburg against Kremlin policies and suspected vote rigging. Mr. Putin made his most lavish election promises about three weeks ahead of the March 4 election. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) greets former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, in Moscow on Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/AP Photo, RIA Novosti Kremlin, Ekaterina Shtukina, Presidential Press Service)

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Maria Sharapova, of Russia, laughs while being interviewed at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center), accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, poses for photos at the beginning of their bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters on March 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (second from right) confers Monday in Moscow with three of the rivals he defeated in the presidential election a day earlier: Mikhail Prokhorov (left), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (second from left) and Sergei Mironov. (Associated Press)

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Supporters of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rally March 5, 2012, at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow to celebrate Putin's victory in the presidential election. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at an award presentation ceremony for achievements in culture in Moscow, Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Government Press Service)

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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball during a quarterfinal of the Emirates Dubai ATP Tennis Championships against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an ultraright nationalist, is one of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's three main foes in Sunday's presidential election. (Associated Press)

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Mikhail Prokhorov, a majority owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets, is one of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's three main foes in Sunday's presidential election. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin addresses a rally in his campaign for president at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Thursday. Tens of thousands marched along the Moscow River and then packed the stadium for the rally. Many appeared to be state employees who attended at the behest of their employers. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, during a meeting with Canadian and Russian ice hockey stars and veterans at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) meets with leaders of unregistered political parties at the Gorki residence outside Moscow on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Presidential Press Service)

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In this image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, anti-Syrian-regime protesters hold a banner against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Dael village in Syria's Daraa province on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

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Demonstrators in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, hold a poster depicting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a rally in support of Mr. Putin's candidacy for the presidency in the March 4 elections. The sign reads: "Will provide continuation of Russia's development!" (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Russian representative Vitaly Churkin delivers remarks Feb. 13, 2012, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters to discuss the human rights situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is running for his former job as president, addresses a conference of the Union of Industrialists in Moscow on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Syrians gather Feb. 8, 2012, in Doha to protest the use of Russia's veto against the amended resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council. (Associated Press)

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A pro-Syrian regime protester (left), holding a poster of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah with Arabic that reads "Hezbollah", cheers a convoy believed to be transporting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Damascus, Syria, on Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)