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Kerry: Preference is dialogue to diffuse Ukraine crisis

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:50

March 6 - After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. preference is ''to emphasize the possibilities for the dialogue that can lead to the normalization and diffusing of this crisis.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. preference is "to emphasize the possibilities for the dialogue that can lead to the normalization and diffusing of this crisis." President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the freezing of U.S. assets and a ban on travel into the United States of those involved in the Russian military intervention into Ukraine's Crimea region. Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing those Russians and Ukrainians responsible for the Russian move into Crimea, which has triggered the worst crisis in U.S.-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War. The order, the White House said in a statement, is "a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate." One such potential for escalation would be any Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. official told reporters. The State Department is also putting in place visa bans on a number of officials and individuals responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not one of those singled out by the sanctions, a senior administration official said.

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Kerry: Preference is dialogue to diffuse Ukraine crisis

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:50