I think at this point in time it doesn’t matter in the least what Russia says, Empire is going forward with this, no matter what. . . perhaps all that remains to be seen, is what Russia intends to do ~J
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:47PM GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia has not taken a “single concrete step” to uphold the terms of the Geneva deal reached a week ago on de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine, adding that time is running out for Moscow to change its course.
In unusually blunt language, Kerry said on Thursday that unless Moscow does not fall in line with Washington over Ukraine, the US will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions.
“The window to change course is closing,” he told reporters in Washington. “(Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin and Russia face a choice. If Russia chooses the path of de-escalation … all of us will welcome it. But if Russia does not, the world will make sure that the costs for Russia will only grow.”
He warned Russia that not changing course will be a “grave and expensive mistake.”
Kerry also accused Moscow of direct involvement in the recent escalation of the situation in eastern and southern Ukraine.
In addition, he said that Moscow has launched a “full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic process” in Ukraine.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the top US diplomat claimed that Ukraine’s interim authorities had from “day one” kept their word after agreeing to the deal in Geneva.
Kerry’s statement came hours after Russia began military exercises close to the border with Ukraine.
Moscow said the drills are in response to Kiev’s intensified crackdown on pro-Russia protesters.
It also said other parties have not done anything to de-escalate the crisis.
Moscow called on the US to force Kiev to halt its operation in Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions. But, interim authorities in Kiev said they are ready to fight Russia.