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Fresh meeting between Kerry and Lavrov in Rome on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Thursday for the third time in two days in a bid to defuse tensions over Ukraine. Kerry and Lavrov shook hands and smiled briefly in front of the media before resuming diplomatic consultations which had ended Wednesday without Russia agreeing to direct talks with Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders. nr/ide/ec

Kerry confirms discussions with Ukraine, Russia to continue

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that "intense discussions" with Russia and Ukraine would continue in the coming days in the hope of securing a de-escalation of current tensions between them. "We initiated a process today that we hope will eventually lead to de-escalation," Kerry told reporters after a day of diplomatic negotiations in Paris ended with Russia refusing to bow to Western demands for direct talks with the new Ukraine government.

Kerry says Russia looking for 'pretext to invade' Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia on Tuesday of looking for a "pretext" to invade Ukraine after taking de-facto control of the ex-Soviet state's strategic Crimea peninsula. "I think that it is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further," Kerry told reporters after meeting Ukraine's new Western-backed interim leadership in Kiev. zak/cc

Kerry arrives in Kiev for talks with interim govt

US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Kiev on Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. Officials travelling with Kerry said the United States would offer $1.0 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan during his brief visit. nr/ssw/cc

Russia slams Kerry's 'unacceptable' threats over Ukraine

Russia's foreign ministry said Monday that warnings by United States Secretary of State John Kerry over Russian military intervention in Ukraine were "unacceptable" threats. "We consider the threats against Russia made in a series of public statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry over the latest events in Ukraine and in Crimea to be unacceptable," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Kerry to visit Kiev, as Russian forces control Crimea

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev to lend support to the new interim leaders, American officials said Sunday, adding that Russian forces now controlled the Crimean peninsula. "The secretary will travel to Kiev. He will be there on Tuesday," a senior US administration official said, adding that Russian forces were "now in complete operational control of the Crimean peninsula." jkb/oh

Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically. "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text," Kerry told the CBS program "Face the Nation."

Russian troops in Ukraine threaten regional peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday told Moscow it was risking regional peace and security by deploying troops to Ukraine and warned of deep damage US-Russia ties. "Unless immediate and concrete steps are taken by Russia to deescalate tensions, the effect on US-Russian relations and on Russia's international standing will be profound," Kerry said in a statement. Moscow's actions not only violated international accords but were also "a threat to the peace and security of Ukraine, and the wider region," he added.

US urges probe into Thailand attacks

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called on Thailand to investigate "politically-motivated" attacks, denouncing the deaths of several children as "horrifying." "As allies and close friends of the Thai people, we are profoundly saddened by the deaths and injuries that have shaken the country," Kerry said in a statement. "I call upon Thai authorities to investigate these attacks swiftly and bring those responsible to justice," he said, adding "violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences."

Kerry says working to see if mediation can resolve Venezuela crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is working with Colombia and other countries to see whether mediation might be possible to bring opposing sides in Venezuela's crisis together for talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.
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