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Putin Meets Ukraine Leader and Scoffs at Calls for New Runoff

President Vladimir V. Putin waded deeper into Ukraine’s electoral crisis today, dismissing as useless one candidate’s demand for a repeat of the final round of the disputed presidential election and criticizing European efforts to mediate. Mr. Putin made his remarks at a meeting with Ukraine’s outgoing president, Leonid D. Kuchma, who made an unexpected trip to Russia even as Ukrainian lawmakers wrangled over the details of holding new elections and the Supreme Court heard arguments to nullify the results of Nov. 21’s presidential vote.Full Story

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