Lavrov: Russia, US fail to agree on Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was so far no agreement between Moscow and Washington on the situation in Ukraine, after talks in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
"For the moment we cannot report to the international community that we are in agreement," Lavrov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, adding that he would inform President Vladimir Putin about the talks on his return.
"We agreed that we will study further those thoughts that John Kerry gave me today about concrete prospective steps," Lavrov said, according to Interfax news agency.
"We want to clarify more deeply what our partners mean when they suggest some kind of international mechanism, what its content would be," he added.
Lavrov strongly criticised US visa restrictions imposed on Thursday against Russians and Ukrainians it blames for the current crisis, saying they were "a threat". [AFP]