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Mar 10, 2014

Kerry-Lavrov meeting depends on Moscow’s stance: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States held out the possibility on Monday that the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers could meet this week about Ukraine but said it needed to know Moscow would engage seriously on a diplomatic solution.

Russia’s bloodless seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine has brought U.S.-Russian relations to one of their lowest points since the Cold War, with the United States searching for a way to keep Russia from annexing Crimea and its Russian naval base.

Mar 8, 2014

Kerry urges Russia to exercise utmost restraint in Ukraine’s Crimea

WASHINGTON/KEY LARGO, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Saturday that any steps to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy, a U.S. State Department official said.

Kerry’s latest telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified in Crimea.

Mar 7, 2014

In U.S. strategy on Ukraine, a whiff of Kennan’s ‘containment’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns on Thursday laid out a strategy of patiently trying to counter Russia, including its intervention in Ukraine, reminiscent of legendary American diplomat George Kennan’s concept of “containment.”

Testifying before Congress, Burns suggested that Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian region of Crimea reflected Moscow’s weakness, not its strength, and that a resolution, if one is possible, will take time.

Mar 6, 2014

U.S. accuses Russia’s Putin of making “false claims” about Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department dropped its diplomatic niceties on Wednesday and all but accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying about events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said were 10 of his “false claims.”

A “fact sheet” released by the State Department’s press office said Putin had ignored or distorted the facts in “justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine.”

Mar 2, 2014

Kerry to visit Ukraine, military options not U.S. focus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Sunday said it will send its top diplomat to Kiev in a show of support and threatened economic sanctions against Russia but made clear it is not seriously considering military action over Ukraine.

The Obama administration sought to devise a diplomatic and economic strategy to reverse Russia’s bloodless seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region and to dissuade Moscow from sending its forces further into the territory of its neighbour.

Mar 2, 2014

U.S. brandishes threat of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brandished the threat of economic sanctions on Russia on Sunday, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Moscow’s moves on Ukraine an “incredible act of aggression.”

As Washington’s already strained relations with Moscow deteriorated further, Kerry was scathing in his condemnation and said the United States has “all options on the table” including a military response.

Feb 27, 2014

Kerry decries ‘new isolationism’, says U.S. acts like poor nation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decried what he called a “new isolationism” in the United States on Wednesday and suggested that the country was beginning to behave like a poor nation.

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Feb 26, 2014

Russian military action in Ukraine would be ‘grave mistake’: U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned Russia on Wednesday it would be a “grave mistake” to intervene militarily in Ukraine and said it was considering $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees and additional funding to help Kiev.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the comments after Russian President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine, Moscow’s boldest gesture since the ouster of ally Viktor Yanukovich as president in Kiev.

Feb 19, 2014

Kerry, Abbas meet at ‘important point’ in talks, U.S. says

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met for dinner on Wednesday at what the United States called “an important point in the negotiations” over an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Peace talks resumed on July 29 after a nearly three-year break. At the time, Kerry said : “Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months.”

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises Tunisian progress, promises help against militants

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised democratic progress in Tunisia, where the “Arab Spring” began, and offered to help the North African country’s fight against Islamist militants.

During a brief visit to Tunis, Kerry said Tunisia and the United States would start a strategic dialogue, usually meaning regular high-level meetings, beginning with a trip to Washington by Tunisia’s premier.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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