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Russian forces to quit Ukrainian border after exercises

Russian troops deployed close to the Ukrainian border will return to base after completing their exercises, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. "After finishing training in the Rostov region (bordering Ukraine), one of the battalions that took part has already returned to base in the Samara region." "As they finish the tasks given to the participants in exercises, the other units will also return to their permanent bases," Lavrov said at a news conference with his Kazakh counterpart.

Russia has 'absolutely no intention' of crossing Ukraine border

Russia has absolutely no intention of ordering its armed forces to cross over the Ukrainian border and the divisions between Moscow and the West on the crisis are narrowing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday. "We have absolutely no intention and no interests in crossing the Ukrainian border," Lavrov told Russian state television in an interview, appearing to firmly rule out an invasion of mainland Ukraine after Moscow's seizure of Crimea.

Russia's Lavrov says no problem if G8 does not meet

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested on Monday that the Group of Eight industrialized nations may have outlived its purpose, sounding a defiant note after some G8 leaders said the gathering's next meeting in Russia should be cancelled.

Lavrov calls economic sanctions over Crimea 'dead-end route'

Attempts to isolate Moscow through economic sanctions are a dead-end, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, a day after Washington imposed sanctions on senior Russians over the Ukraine crisis. Referring to "statements made in Washington about economic sanctions," Lavrov said that "following the lead of open Russophobes who are trying to twist this situation so as to isolate Russia, is... a dead-end route and I think serious politicians should not kowtow to such ambitions," according to the state RIA Novosti news agency. am/as/yad

Kerry 'did not find common ground' with Lavrov: US official

US Secretary of State failed to find any common ground in talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called just two days before a referendum in Crimea. A US State Department official told reporters: "We fleshed out a number of ideas and were prepared to float them on Ukraine's behalf... but it very quickly became clear that (Lavrov) was not empowered to discuss any aspect of any proposal that might have an impact on Crimea before the referendum takes place." Lavrov said earlier that Russia and the West had "no common vision" on Ukraine. jkb/gj/jmm

Kerry 'did not find common ground' with Lavrov: US official

US Secretary of State failed to find any common ground in talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called just two days before a referendum in Crimea. A US State Department official told reporters: "We fleshed out a number of ideas and were prepared to float them on Ukraine's behalf... but it very quickly became clear that (Lavrov) was not empowered to discuss any aspect of any proposal that might have an impact on Crimea before the referendum takes place." Lavrov said earlier that Russia and the West had "no common vision" on Ukraine. jkb/gj/jmm

Lavrov, Kerry speak by phone on Ukraine measures

Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday spoke by telephone on proposals to bring calm to Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said. "The foreign affairs chiefs exchanged opinions on concrete proposals from Russia and the US to ensure civil peace and harmony in this country," the ministry said in a statement, adding that they had agreed to continue consultations.

Lavrov, Kerry fail to bridge gaps on Ukraine

Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry failed again Tuesday to bridge differences on resolving the crisis in Ukraine, with a potentially explosive breakaway vote in Crimea just days away. A fresh phone conversation between the two diplomats did not forge any common ground, both sides admitted, as the clock ticks to Sunday's controversial referendum in Ukraine's pro-Moscow southern peninsula where thousands of Russian troops have been deployed.

Lavrov, Kerry fail to bridge gaps on Ukraine

Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry failed again Tuesday to bridge differences on resolving the crisis in Ukraine, with a potentially explosive breakaway vote in Crimea just days away. A fresh phone conversation between the two diplomats did not forge any common ground, both sides admitted, as the clock ticks to Sunday's controversial referendum in Ukraine's pro-Moscow southern peninsula where thousands of Russian troops have been deployed.

Russia says open to 'equal' dialogue on Ukraine

Russia is open to having an "honest, equal" dialogue with foreign states on the crisis in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, insisting that Russia bore no responsibility for the situation. "We are open to an honest, equal and objective dialogue with our foreign partners to find a way to help all of Ukraine come out of the crisis," Lavrov said at a televised news conference in Moscow with his Tajik counterpart, in a clear reference to the West.
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