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‘US, Russian talks on Ukraine difficult’

London - The United States and Russia will find it formidably difficult to make progress on Ukraine at talks in London today, British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Friday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are meeting in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to defuse tension between Moscow and the West as a referendum in Crimea, a Russian-majority region of Ukraine, looks set to proceed on Sunday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stand together before their meeting at Winfield House, the home of the US ambassador in London March 14, 2014. The United States and Russia will find it formidably difficult to make progress on Ukraine at talks in London today, British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Friday. Credit: Reuters

“The fact that so far Russia hasn't taken any actual action to de-escalate tensions makes this a formidably difficult task today,” Hague said. - Reuters

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