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Kerry and Lavrov talks fail to reach a common ground on Crimean situation

A diplomatic resolution for the Russian entrance into Crimea amidst an Ukranian problem fell apart today. The last minute efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts have failed to achieve any agreements, reports the New York Times late Friday.

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister in London
Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister in London
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Kerry flew to London on Thursday to meet with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in order to achieve a peaceful arrangement to Crimea’s attempt to exit the Ukraine and annex to Russia.

The crisis has been escalating over the Kremlin’s intervention in Crimea in late February after the Ukrainian people overthrew President Yanukovych and he fled to Russia to seek safe haven. Russian ‘volunteers’ as Putin called them arrived in Crimea and began taking over various building, a hospital, sea port and other areas.

On Wednesday of this week Obama met with interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House. They discussed diplomatic efforts to resolve the stand-off and Obama declared that the U.S. would not accept any referendum to be held this coming Sunday to vote for Crimea’s exit of the Ukraine.

Obama had spoken with Putin last Saturday and told him that there would be sanctions if Crimea voted to leave the Ukraine and Russia accepted annexation.

After Kerry’s meeting today with Lavrov it appears that Putin intends to proceed in his support of Crimea’s annexation. ‘I presented a number of ideas on behalf of the president,’ Kerry said in the news conference after the talks concluded. ‘After much discussion, the foreign minister made it clear that President Putin is not prepared to make any decision on Ukraine until after the referendum on Sunday.’

Lavrov declared to Kerry that Russia was firm on its decision to denounce the ouster of Ukraine’s former president, Yanukovych, during what he termed a ‘coup’ and restated the position that Russia will not recognize the new government. It is Russia’s stance which Putin had declared on the previous phone calls with Obama that Crimea has a right to its ‘self-determination.’

Throughout the talks, Mr. Lavrov held firm to Russia’s positions on the crisis, denouncing the ouster of Ukraine’s former president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, as a coup, refusing to recognize the new government, opposing the creation of a “contact group” and reiterating Crimea’s right to self-determination.

Lavrov stated in the news conference after the five hour meeting with Kerry that Putin would not make any further determinations until the Crimean vote was taken on this coming Sunday. The meeting took place at the American Ambassador’s residence in London.

The U.K. Foreign Minister William Mr. Hague said after the vote is determined on Sunday the European Union and the U.K. would advance plans to impose sanctions beginning with travel bans and freezing assets on certain Russian officials. He stated that a meeting of European foreign ministers was planned for Monday.

The U.S. will not recognize the Crimean referendum this Sunday and a vote to secede from the Ukraine. President Obama stressed after the talks ended, 'a strong message to Russia that it should not violate the integrity and sovereignty of its neighbor.'

To find more information about the Ukraine situation see below the articles in Author’s suggestions and view the video atop this article with Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on today's meeting in London on Crimea.

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