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Lavrov presses Kerry to help stop Ukraine assault: Moscow

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pictured in Moscow on April 8, 2014, during a meeting with his visiting Angolan counterpart Georges Rebelo Pinto ChikotiRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday asked his US counterpart John Kerry to press Ukraine to halt its military operation in the east of the ex-Soviet country, his ministry said. “The minister called on the United States to use all of its influence to force the Kiev regime, which it looks out after and which has declared a war against its own people, to immediately halt military operations in the southeast, pull back its troops and free protesters,” the foreign ministry said. And Lavrov, who also spoke with his Swiss counterpart and current OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter, pushed for a greater OSCE role in mediating the crisis in Ukraine, the ministry said.

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