Russia doesn’t budge on Crimea

Kerry’s talks end without reaching deal

Posted: March 15, 2014 at 4:06 a.m.

An unmarked armored personnel carrier sits Friday near a billboard proclaiming, “March 16 — Referendum! Sevastopol. Together with Russia!” at a checkpoint outside Chongar in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

An eleventh-hour bid by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to ease the escalating crisis over the Kremlin’s intervention in Crimea ended inconclusively Friday, with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, declaring that Russia and the West have no “common vision” about the events that led to the impasse.

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