Europe

Russian FM: Russia still to meet with Ukraine

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia is still planning to meet with Ukrainian officials at an international conference in Geneva on Thursday.

One day after Ukraine's first military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country, Lavrov said in a Wednesday press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart that the Geneva talks "remain on the agenda." Russia has repeatedly threatened to disrupt the talks if the Ukrainian government uses military force against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country.

Since Ukraine's Russia-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych fled in February following months of protest, Russia has pushed for the Kiev government to change the constitution and decentralize the government.

Related Headlines

  • Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

    Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that ... 

  • John Kerry, Catherine Ashton

    Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks

    The talks in Geneva on Ukraine brought together four parties that had seemed extremely far apart on some issues, but within a few hours they produced a broad agreement that ... 

  • 57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into ... 

  • Joe Biden

    Biden heads to Ukraine as tensions rise

    Vice President Joe Biden was heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. His visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an ...