MOSCOW, March 17 Russia proposed on Monday
creating an international support group to mediate in the
Ukraine crisis but set out goals unlikely to be acceptable to
In response to western calls for a "contact group", Russia's
Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its proposed
international support group would push for Ukrainian recognition
of the Crimean referendum and would urge Ukraine to implement
portions of a Feb. 21 peace deal.
The support group would also urge Ukraine to adopt a new
constitution setting out broad powers for the country's regions,
and require Ukraine to uphold military and political neutrality.