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Russian foreign minister: "No common vision" between Russia and U.S. on Ukraine crisis

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met for six hours on Friday in London to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters after their meeting, Lavrov concluded there is "no common vision" between Russia and the U.S. on Ukraine.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Updated March 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Following a six-hour meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry concerning the crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov concluded that Russia and the U.S. have "no common vision."

Although cast as "constructive" talks, the Russian foreign minister maintained that Russia would "respect the will of the people of Crimea."

The U.S., G7, and Ukraine are among many in the international community who view the upcoming Crimean referendum as a violation of Ukraine's constitution. The Crimean parliament put forth the referendum -- to be held Sunday -- to determine whether Crimea remains a part of Ukraine or secedes to join Russia.

Lavrov told reporters after his meeting with Kerry in London that Russia does not intend to invade southeastern Ukraine.


[BBC]

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