US concerned by 'provocative' Russian troop movements: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saturday about “provocative” Russian troop movements along Ukraine’s border, a US official said. In a morning call with his counterpart, Kerry also urged full Moscow support for efforts to free a mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe held hostage by pro-Moscow militants in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. The top US diplomat “expressed continued concern that Russia’s provocative troop movements on Ukraine’s border, its support for separatists and its inflammatory rhetoric are undermining stability, security and unity in Ukraine,” the senior State Department official said.

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