Monday, March 31, 2014

US-Russia Talks Deadlocked Over Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis: US-Russia Deadlock Despite 'Frank' Talks -- BBC

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced no breakthrough on Ukraine, following four hours of "frank" talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Mr Kerry said he told Mr Lavrov that the US still considered Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region to be "illegal and illegitimate".

He said he had stressed that no decision on Ukraine's future could be made without Kiev's involvement.

Earlier Mr Lavrov set out demands for a neutral and federal Ukraine.

Mr Kerry told a news conference in Paris: "We will not accept a path forward where the legitimate government of Ukraine is not at the table.

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More News On US-Russian Talks Deadlocked Over Ukraine

U.S. and Russia fail to reach agreement on Ukraine -- CBS/AP
Kerry meets with Lavrov on Ukraine, urges troop pullback -- Reuters
Promises of Diplomacy but No Advances in Ukraine Talks -- New York Times
Lavrov says no US-Russia deal, 'constructive' talks to continue -- Global Post/AFP
Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov fail to reach deal over Ukraine, say they will keep talking -- Washington Post
Russia and U.S. agree on need for diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis but make NO progress on deal in crisis talks -- Daily Mail
Kerry and Lavrov Meet for Four Hours, Talk about Russian Troops on Ukraine Border -- ABC News
Kerry: Russia supports finding a diplomatic solution to crisis in Ukraine -- CNN
John Kerry: Ukraine’s Future ‘Is Up to Ukrainians,’ Not Russia -- Time
Kerry: Russian Troops Near Ukraine Create 'Climate of Fear' -- Voice of America
Ukraine crisis: Talks between US, Russia fail to break deadlock -- FOX News
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Paris -- Euronews
Kerry, Lavrov Hold 'Frank' Talks On Ukraine -- Radio Free Europe
Russia presses call for federal Ukraine -- Al Jazeera
Russia sets terms for Ukraine deal as 40,000 troops mass on border -- The Guardian
Lavrov, Kerry discussed Ukraine constitutional reform, fair elections -- RT

My Comment: As predicted .... these talks ended with no agreement. I will also make another prediction .... additional talks will also go nowhere. Russia is not going to abandon the Russian community in Crimea .... nor will they turn a blind eye to threats that have been directed at the Russian community in eastern Ukraine. John Kerry's call for a withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Crimea and an annulment of the referendum result that resulted in Crimea joining Russia is doomed before it was even presented.

1 comment:

James said...

Disagree, the Russians definitely got a lot. Kerry to admit there were irregular militias and provocateurs in the Ukraine who needed to be disarmed. The Russians also got the idea of federalization of the Ukraine on the table. Now Kerry and Obama will lean on the Ukrainians.