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Kerry: Referendum won’t be recognized

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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LONDON (AP) -Now that the top U.S. and Russian diplomats have failed to find common ground about Ukraine, all eyes are on the vote coming up Sunday in Crimea — where residents will decide if they want to separate from Ukraine and join Russia.

Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after today’s talks in London, said if Russia ratifies that action, it would be the same as an “annexation” of Crimea. He says the U.S. and the rest of the world won’t recognize such a vote.

Kerry said that in the six hours of talks today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in London, he had put forward several ideas on how to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and address Russian concerns, too. But he said Lavrov made clear Putin would not take any decisions until after Sunday’s vote.

Lavrov said the talks were useful but that there is “no common” vision between Russia and the U.S. He also told reporters that Russia has no plans to invade southeastern Ukraine.

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