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John Kerry meets Sergei Lavrov as Crimean vote looms

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by Joseph Earnest  March 14, 2014


Newscast Media LONDON—Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are holding talks in London on the Ukraine crisis.

Kerry, who has warned that the West would take "very serious steps" if Russia goes ahead with the annexation of Crimea, said before the meeting the two would discuss how best to smooth over their differences.

"Obviously, we have a lot to talk about. I look forward to an opportunity to dig into the issues and possibilities that we may be able to find about how to move forward together to resolve some of the differences between us," Kerry said.

Kerry was expected to tell Lavrov that Russia risks concerted international sanctions because of the March 16 referendum on Crimea joining Russia.

Lavrov told reporters in London that precious time has been wasted in resolving the crisis: "I am also satisfied to have this meeting today. This is a difficult situation we are in. Many events have happened and a lot of time has been lost, so now we have to see what can be done."


Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that overnight violence in eastern Ukraine demonstrates that authorities in Kiev are losing control and that Russia reserves the right to protect its citizens.   Add Comments>>     


 Source: Radio Free Europe

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