Thursday, May 29, 2014

International Concerns Over The Growing Crisis In Ukraine Intensifying

Kerry Raises Concerns About Ukraine, Syria With Lavrov -- NYT/Reuters

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has raised concerns with Russia's foreign minister about reports of foreign fighters, including Chechens, crossing into Ukraine from Russia, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

"He pressed Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov to end all support for separatists, denounce their actions and call on them to lay down their arms," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of Kerry's telephone call with Lavrov on Wednesday.

The U.S. secretary of state also urged Russia to engage with Petro Poroshenko, a confectionary magnate who on Sunday was elected Ukraine's president, the first Ukrainian since 1991 to win the presidency in a single round of voting.

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More News On Growing International Concerns Over The Ukraine Crisis

US Troubled by New Ukraine Violence -- AP
Russia urges West to press Kiev to avert Ukraine 'catastrophe' -- Reuters
Russia accuses the West of pushing Ukraine into 'fratricidal war' as Chechen leader denies sending troops to help pro-Moscow forces -- Daily Mail
Hollande to Meet Putin in First Western Meeting Since Crimea -- New York Times

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