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Obama Pushes to Boost Military Presence in Europe

09-08-2014
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President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve a $1 billion boost to the U.S. military presence across Europe, calling it a necessary step to curb Russia's actions in Ukraine.

The president announced the plan Thursday during a four-day trip to Europe.

The news comes as deadly clashes between Kiev forces and pro-Russia separatists continue to escalate in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow recently called a United Nations meeting to push for a ceasefire.

But the U.S. State Department called Russia "hypocritical" because it's "doing nothing to stop" pro-Russian forces.

Nevertheless, Obama says it's still possible to rebuild trust with Moscow.

"We are interested in good relations with Russia. We are not interested in threatening Russia," Obama said.

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