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Kerry calls Russian counterpart Lavrov and returns to Europe for Ukraine talks
The Guardian ^ | March 29, 2014

Posted on 03/29/2014 8:38:53 AM PDT by don-o

Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, US secretary of state John Kerry has abruptly changed course. He will now stay in Europe for talks on Ukraine.

The news followed reports from Russia that Kerry had spoken to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, by phone, a day after President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama. The Russian foreign ministry said Washington had initiated the call between Kerry and Lavrov, adding that they discussed Ukraine and plans for further contact.

Flying from Riyadh to Ireland for a refuelling stop on Saturday, Kerry decided to turn around after speaking to Lavrov from the plane. He will now travel to Paris for a meeting as early as Sunday or Monday.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: bhorussia; crimea; europeanunion; ireland; lurch; moldova; nato; saudiarabia; sergeylavrov; ukraine
Is Russia jerking Obama's chain or what? What a pathetic display.
1 posted on 03/29/2014 8:38:53 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Kerry and Lavrov will be discussing the terms of Ukraine’s submission to Russia. Probably some demilitarized zone where Russia has direct land access to Crimea.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 8:43:34 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: don-o; Mike Darancette

Full agreement with both of you and if russia owns the night, my prediction will have been wrong, which would make me happy for being wrong.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 8:47:25 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> The Russian foreign ministry said Washington had initiated the call between Kerry and Lavrov... Flying from Riyadh to Ireland for a refuelling stop on Saturday, Kerry decided to turn around after speaking to Lavrov from the plane... Paris for a meeting as early as Sunday or Monday.

Thanks don-o.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 8:49:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Mike Darancette
Kerry and Lavrov will be discussing the terms of Ukraine’sUSA's submission to Russia.
5 posted on 03/29/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I can see Kerry wheedling with the Russkies not to invade Ukraine.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 9:07:25 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: don-o

Sergey Lavrov called kerry and said “Boy bring me a cup of coffee and I’ll let you kiss my shoe soles.”


7 posted on 03/29/2014 9:26:21 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: Mike Darancette

They probably already have access under an old agreement. I heard they will build a bridge.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 9:30:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine
Lavrov called kerry and said “Boy bring me a cup of coffee and I’ll let you kiss my shoe soles.”

I hope Kerry remembers to bring his knee pads. (cackle)

9 posted on 03/29/2014 9:54:58 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Sacajaweau
They probably already have access under an old agreement.

I don't think "old agreements" have been honored too well. A bridge from Russia to Crimea will cost millions.

10 posted on 03/29/2014 9:55:37 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: don-o

Sergei Lavrov was probably bored and looking for a good excuse to get out of the house over the weekend, and who should call but John Kerry inviting him to Paris for a few days.

John Kerry probably set up the meeting from his plane after the White House called to inform him he’d be expected to appear on the Sunday talk shows when he got home. Or maybe Theresa phoned to tell him there wasn’t enough snow at their chalet for skiing this weekend.

The Lavrov-Kerry meetings could go on indefinitely — maybe next week in Monte Carlo, then on to Ibiza, Venice, Salzburg during the Mozart Festival. Nothing will stop Vladimir Putin if he’s decided to reconstitute the Soviet Union, but that doesn’t mean the Russian and American foreign ministers have to end their beautiful friendship and stop spending their taxpayers’ money on lavish vacations.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 10:05:53 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Bluestocking

Steal a chunk of Ukraine? What, we complain?


12 posted on 03/29/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: don-o
"Kerry calls Russian counterpart Lavrov..."

You mean the Russians also have a sanctimonious, insufferable, incompetent and unqualified 'military war hero' (choke) in the highest levels of their government?

Who'da thunk it?

13 posted on 03/29/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Proudly providing the NSA with provocative textual content since 1995!)
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To: DJ Frisat

that’s why they are pals of course


14 posted on 03/29/2014 10:12:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

What’s a little Crimea between friends?


15 posted on 03/29/2014 10:14:30 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: don-o

what IS this ... tag team ?


16 posted on 03/29/2014 10:17:39 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: don-o
Kerry and 0bama talking about getting the Bear to exit the Crimea is nothing but mental masturbation.

Vlad has his warm water port, nothing to discuss as far as he is concerned.

5.56mm

17 posted on 03/29/2014 10:17:59 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: don-o

Putin knows Obama and Kerry would rather talk than act.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: M Kehoe

Crimea has always been Russian. If the West can’t acknowledge reality, that’s its problem.

As for a deal on Ukraine its possible but has to involve Russian-American guarantees. A federal Ukraine is the likely outcome of any talks.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 10:29:11 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Hi, I hope you are doing well.

Crimea has always been Russian.

Kinda. Their history is replete with conquerors.

5.56mm

20 posted on 03/29/2014 10:31:32 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Mike Darancette
There's already both a railway bridge and a highway from Kerch to Russia, isn't there?

http://www.ukraine-travel-advisor.com/images/BigMap-auto.jpg

21 posted on 03/29/2014 10:36:05 AM PDT by FBD
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To: FBD

A ferry. Russia has budgeted funds to build an auto/rail bridge over the Kerch Straits between Krasnodar and Crimea, eliminating the need for the ferry. It should create a permanent link between the Russian mainland and the Crimean Peninsula.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 10:43:25 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mike Darancette

Putin just spent $50 billion on the winter Olympics. What’s another billion fora nice bridge across the Kerch Strait. Looks like it was in the works anyway:

“Russia, Ukraine to construct bridge across Kerch Strait”

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/russia-ukraine-to-construct-bridge-across-kerch-st-91405.html


23 posted on 03/29/2014 10:45:07 AM PDT by FBD
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To: goldstategop
thanks for that information, I thought there was a bridge over the Kerch Strait already, looks like it's been in the works for quite a while


24 posted on 03/29/2014 11:07:47 AM PDT by FBD
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To: don-o
Ah...I love Paris in the spring.
25 posted on 03/29/2014 12:01:39 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Remember Syria...
Kerry will utter some off the cuff nonsense
The Russians will seize upon said remark...

Leading to exactly what you predicted


26 posted on 03/29/2014 12:10:21 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Liz
Being part of the obama society, it never goes anywhere, where there might be a man, without them.
27 posted on 03/29/2014 2:26:13 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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