[The New York Times] Times Minute 3/14/14 | High Tension in Crimea
Crimea prepares for Sunday’s referendum. The mood in the ground, last-minute diplomacy, and the question of Putin’s next move.
[The New York Times] ‘No Common Vision’ Russian Says After Talks With Kerry
“We don’t have a common vision of the situation,” Mr. Lavrov said during his appearance after the talks, which he nonetheless called helpful in clarifying the seemingly intractable positions. “Our differences remain.”
In Washington, President Obama again warned Russia against further escalation. “We continue to hope for a diplomatic outcome,” he told reporters even as Mr. Kerry and Mr. Lavrov were meeting. But he added, “there will be consequences” if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated.
[The New York Times] Ukraine’s Interim Leader Seeks Aid in Washington
Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, an opposition leader named interim prime minister after the fall of the pro-Russia government in Kiev last month, was scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House as well as Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department and congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. He then planned to head to New York, where he is scheduled to address the United Nations on Thursday.
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[Yahoo! News/AFP] Ukrainian PM arrives at White House for Obama talks
Kerry declines Putin Ukraine meeting:
A meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not happen until Moscow engages with US proposals to tackle the crisis in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.
[The Washington Post] Kerry’s list of questions for Putin on Crimea brings next to no response
Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo
Crisis in Ukraine: The World Reacts
President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that a referendum in 10 days on the future of a Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula would violate international law. The United States also moved to impose visa restrictions and financial sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians for the moves Moscow already has made into Crimea.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country’s new government. (AP)
(Photos by Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS, Cathal McNaughton/REUTERS, Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo)
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