Skip to comments.Lavrov, Kerry discussed Ukraine constitutional reform, fair elections
Posted on 03/30/2014 5:15:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
Although expressing different points of view on the roots of Ukraine crisis, Russia and the US have agreed to seek common grounds to deescalate tensions and implement necessary reforms, having in mind that Ukrainians themselves should decide their future
We have conducted intensive negotiations in the first place, on the crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after 4 hours of negotiations with his US counterpart. Expressed dissenting views on its causes, but agreed to seek common ground to resolve the situation in Ukraine.
The ministers shared with each other their suggestions on how to deescalate the situation but both agreed that the Ukrainian people should take the leading role in deciding their own future.
We have agreed to work with the Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian people in the broadest sense, to achieve the implementation of such priority measures as minority rights, language rights, disarmament of provocateurs, implementing constitutional reforms and having free and fair elections under international supervision, Lavrov told journalists.
The Russian foreign minister stressed that neither Russia nor the United States can impose any plans on Ukraine, drafted unilaterally without the Ukrainian side.
We discussed the constitutional reform, in favor of which we stand together with the Americans And which, as I understand it, the Ukrainian authorities have committed to. Lavrov said.
We are convinced that federalization is a very important component of this reform, the most important is to ensure the unity of Ukraine taking into account the interests of all regions of the country, without exceptions, so that the country functions as a state. We need to find a compromise, consensus among all regions, the minister added.
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And the Ukrainian side is suddenly irrelevant. Good move Lavrov. Kerry is hungry enough for approval and praise and the massive Russian propaganda machine will give it to him if he’s a good boy.
Everybody saves face. However Crimea remains with Russia. Another diplomatic triumph from the man with the huge carbon footprint.
Basically Moscow’s peace terms. We get to keep what’s mine. Now we’re negotiating over just strong a future pro-Western Ukrainian government will be.
Want to take bets? Crimea is already off the table.
Fair election ideas? From a Democrat? (sKerry)
Lemme see: same-day registration, early & extended voting, no ID requirement, et al. I’m sure the Russkies will go for all that!
The mind boggles...
I can only describe the election of 0bama, again, as “fair” - at best...
Looks to me like the whole thing is nothing but a who’s who in processed meats.
The head cheese
The hot dog
Sort of like Hitler and Chamberlain discussing what would happen to Czechoslovakia. Except that Russia has already taken the Ukrainian Sudetenland.
Very much so!
Disarm? Kerry has lost his mind.
Ukrainians do not need to disarm. Quite the opposite.
Americans fought a revolution against British gun control, starting in 1774.
Hitler very early on stated that all he wanted was peace.
Hitler wanted a piece of Austria, a piece of the Sudetenland, a piece of Czechoslovakia, a piece of France, a piece of Belgium - - - the piece that truly belonged to the Third Reich was all that Hitler wanted.
All of the rest of Europe that people liked, they could keep.