Monday, March 3, 2014

Kerry to visit Kiev for talks with Ukraine leaders

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Ukraine's capital Kiev for talks with leaders of the interim government.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a statement on Sunday.

It says that Secretary Kerry will meet on Tuesday with senior representatives of Ukraine's new government, leaders of the national assembly, and members of civil society.

The statement says Kerry will reaffirm the Unites States' strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future without outside interference or provocation.

US President Barack Obama said in separate telephone conversations with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia's military moves over Ukraine are a clear violation of laws.

The governments of the United States, Canada, Britain and France have decided to suspend their participation in preparations for the G8 meeting to be held in the Russian city of Sochi in June.

The US also plans to work with its international partners to consider imposing economic sanctions on Russia.

A senior US official told reporters the government is focused on diplomatic options at the moment and expressed caution against military action.