'No deal' on Ukraine

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Kerry meets Lavrov in Rome

Kerry meets Lavrov in Rome

ROME - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have failed to reach agreement on Ukraine after meeting in Rome.

The pair met while attending a conference on Libya to continue talks about the crisis in Crimea.

Kerry stressed the importance of dialogue between Russian and Ukrainian officials; the two ministers talked about how such dialogue would be established, according to U.S. officials.

Kerry stated that international observers should observe Crimea and eastern Ukraine first-hand.

However, Lavrov told reporters after the meeting: "Moscow and Washington did not make any deal on Ukraine."

Kerry had emphasized that the situation should be normalised by showing respect to Ukraine`s territorial integrity, adding that only the Ukrainian people should decide on the Crimea issue, not the United States or Russia.

"We are in communication with all sides to provide stability in the region all the time. Ukrainians should decide by themselves." Kerry said.

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