President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 23. Russia's current economic crisis stems from Western sanctions and diving oil prices. Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry talks Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting in Rome to discuss Ukraine. Diplomacy is among the several approaches the U.S. is taking to resolve the crisis. Kevin Lamarque/AP hide caption

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In a switch, Britain's impounding of around $1.5 billion in Libyan cash might have Moammar Gadhafi regretting the thaw between the two nations, brokered by Prime Minister Tony Blair. Here, the two pose at Gadhafi's desert base south of Tripoli in 2007. Leon Neal/AP hide caption

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