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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.

Russia open to 'equal' dialogue with West 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. "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.

Lavrov says Russia, US failing to agree on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday said there was so far no agreement between Moscow and Washington on the situation in Ukraine, after talks in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry. "For the moment we cannot report to the international community that we are in agreement," Lavrov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, adding that he would inform President Vladimir Putin about the talks on his return.

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, Lavrov discuss Ukraine at Paris meeting

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday held direct talks on Ukraine in Paris on the sidelines of an international meeting on Lebanon, diplomats said. Kerry and Lavrov held informal discussions along with their British, French and German counterparts over coffee after lunch at the French presidential palace, a US State Department official said. A Western diplomatic source said the talks centred around the crisis in Ukraine and lasted for several minutes.

Lavrov slams threats of 'sanctions and boycotts' over Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday harshly criticised threats of "sanctions and boycotts" over his country's role in the spiralling crisis in Ukraine, as Western powers ponder whether to kick Moscow out of the G8. "Those who try to interpret the situation as a type of aggression and threaten sanctions and boycotts, are the same who consistently have encouraged (Ukrainians to) refuse dialogue and have ultimately polarized Ukrainian society," he told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Lavrov accuses Ukraine's new leaders of threatening minorities

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Ukraine's new leaders of attacking minority rights and said that ultra-nationalists control many areas of the ex-Soviet country. "The victors intend to make use of the fruits of their victory to attack human rights and fundamental freedoms... of minorities," Lavrov told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. "The radicals continue to control the cities" and "limit the rights of linguistic minorities."

Russia's Lavrov slams threats of 'sanctions and boycotts' over Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday harshly criticised threats of "sanctions and boycotts" over his country's role in the spiralling crisis in Ukraine. "Those who try to interpret the situation as a type of aggression and threaten sanctions and boycotts, are the same who consistently have encouraged (Ukrainians to) refuse dialogue and have ultimately polarized Ukrainian society," he told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. nl/apo/dh
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