Lavrov: No common vision with U.S. on Ukraine

Posted: March 14, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.

Members of the Crimean self defense forces check a passenger at the main railway station in Simferopol, Ukraine, Friday, March 14, 2014. Members of the Crimean self defense forces check the luggage and identity documents of passengers arriving by train, especially from western Ukrainian cities or the capital, to Simferopol, looking for what they label as provocateurs, ahead of the March 16 referendum that will ask residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia.

LONDON — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says differences remain between Moscow and the U.S. following negotiations in London aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine.

Lavrov met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday about Ukraine, whose strategic Crimea region is voting this weekend on whether to secede.

After several hours of talks, Lavrov said the talks were useful but that there is "no common" vision between Russia and the U.S.

He also told reporters that Russia has no plans to invade southeastern Ukraine.

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