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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow on December 19, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine And Middle East Crises

John Kerry is trying to jump-start diplomacy with Russia.

January 2, 2015

After Ukraine Election, Turmoil Continues In East

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Petro Poroshenko has yet to be declared winner of Ukraine’s presidential election, but the challenges facing the presumed new leader were on dauntingly full display Monday. Pro-Russia gunmen who claim control of nearly 15 percent of the country invaded the international airport in Donetsk after thwarting […]

May 27, 2014

Kremlin Backing Rebels In Push For Power-Sharing Reforms

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Kremlin’s top diplomat signaled Tuesday that Russia won’t recognize the results of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election unless it is preceded by a “national dialogue” on redistributing power to the regions and an end to Ukrainian troops’ efforts to retake eastern territory seized by pro-Russia rebels. Russian Foreign […]

May 6, 2014

Russia Warns It Will ‘Respond’ If Interests In Ukraine Attacked

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will “certainly respond” if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden’s visit […]

April 23, 2014

Biden Arrives In Ukraine As Militants Seize More Buildings In East

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin’s top diplomat blamed Washington for the growing crisis. Biden […]

April 22, 2014

Russia’s Lavrov Announces Deal To “De-Escalate Tensions” In Ukraine

Geneva (AFP) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to “de-escalate” dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic. The agreement reached after marathon talks in Geneva include disbanding “illegal armed groups” in all regions of Ukraine, Lavrov told […]

April 17, 2014

U.S., Russian Diplomats Agree To Work With Ukrainian Officials

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Sunday to work with Ukrainian government officials to ease the crisis triggered by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but remained far apart on other key points after four hours of negotiations in Paris. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian […]

March 31, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Seek Deal On Ukraine Crisis

Paris (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart Sunday hoping to ease global tensions over the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea and buildup of troops near Ukraine. The latest bid to resolve the worst East-West standoff in the post-Cold War era comes after Russian leader Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack […]

March 30, 2014

Ukraine Delays Interim Government; Russia Vows Not To Interfere

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukraine’s acting president said Tuesday that it would be at least another two days before an interim government is in place as further negotiations are needed to ensure that a genuine “coalition of national faith” agrees to see the divided country through to May 25 elections. […]

February 25, 2014

Syria Opposition Chief To Press Russia On Assad

Moscow (AFP) – Syria’s opposition leader met Russia’s top diplomat on Tuesday in a bid to persuade Moscow to pressure Damascus to agree to a transitional government for the war-scarred nation. The talks between Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmad Jarba and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came after an inconclusive 10-day peace conference in Geneva broke […]

February 4, 2014