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The United States and Russia reached a compromise about Kosovo on Wednesday, giving Yugoslavia four weeks to end bloodshed in the mainly Albanian province or face sanctions.

"We have sustained the minimum degree of pressure needed," U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright told a news conference after a meeting of the six-nation Contact Group.

The United States, backed by Britain, had wanted to increase sanctions against Yugoslavia President Slobodan Milosevic, but Russia and western European nations favored a softer line.

Washington did persuade Russia to clear a diplomatic logjam at the United Nations that has been blocking an arms embargo against Belgrade.

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