UK foreign secretary describes moves to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine as 'formidable'
LONDON - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Foreign Secretary John Kerry are holding talks on the Ukraine crisis in London on Friday.
Ahead of the meeting at the US ambassador’s residence, Kerry said, “Obviously we have a lot to talk about. I look forward to the opportunity to dig into the issues and possibilities we may be able to find about how to move forward together to resolve some of the differences between us.“
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded by saying, “This is a difficult situation we are in. Many events have been happened and a lot of time has been lost. So we now have to think what can be done.”
British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who held separate meetings with Kerry and Lavrov, said, “The fact that so far Russia has not taken any actual action to de-escalate the tensions makes this a formidably difficult task today."
Hague reiterated the UK's stance on the referendum in Crimea, due to be held on March 16 to determine whether the peninsular remains part of Ukraine or joins the Russian Federation, saying it did not meet international norms or standards.
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