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John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine ^ | MARCH 13, 2014 | Susan Crabtree

Posted on 03/13/2014 1:20:31 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey

Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance.

Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of a Sunday referendum vote in the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the Sunday referendum, Kerry said the U.S. and its European allies will not recognize it as legitimate under international law.

The U.S. and Europe on Monday would then unite to impose sanctions on Russia, Kerry told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday during a hearing on the State Department's budget.

“There will be a response of some kind to the referendum itself,” Kerry said. “If there is no sign [from Russia] of any capacity to respond to this issue ... there will be a very serious series of steps on Monday.”

“Our hope is to have Russia join in respecting international law. ... There is no justification, no legality to this referendum that is taking place,” he said. “The hope is that reason will prevail but there is no guarantee of that.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: invasion; kerry; russia
Please forgive me oh great moderators of FR for exercising creative liberty, I shall not do it again...cross my heart and hope to die
1 posted on 03/13/2014 1:20:31 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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Or else...he will draft a tersely-worded letter of condemnation!!!

2 posted on 03/13/2014 1:21:22 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

ghost written by William Ayers...

3 posted on 03/13/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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