Talks Between Russia and U.S. End in Disagreement
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed to achieve a meeting of minds with Russia’s foreign minister during “frank” talks in Paris yesterday. Kerry demanded a “pullback” of the estimated 40,000 Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s border, but Sergey Lavrov insisted that Russia would continue to defend the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Lavrov also demanded European and U.S. support for a federalized Ukraine, with eastern and southern regions getting greater autonomy from Kiev. Moscow claims that “fascists” have taken over the Ukrainian government but insists there are no plans to invade.