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Ukraine diplomacy raises hope

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 01:55

Apr. 18 - Russia and Western Powers reach agreement on de-escalation in Ukraine but U.S. warns of new sanctions if Russia fails to act. Paul Chapman reports

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The international talks underway to calm tensions in Ukraine didn't deter armed pro-Russian separatists who took over this Ukrainian tv control tower. They used it to tune in to and transmit Russian tv stations in the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. In the same city another group of separatists continued their occupation of a local administration building. On the same day the U.S., Ukraine, European Union and Russia reached agreement on calming tensions. A joint statement issued after talks in Geneva called on all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation and provocative action. But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of more sanctions if Russia failed to act. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We fully expect the Russians, as they said they would here today, to demonstrate their seriousness by insisting that pro-Russian separatists ,who they've been supporting, lay down their arms, leave the buildings and persuade their political objectives through the constitutional process that the agreement guarantees." Russia's foreign minister said all sides had agreed to turn away from violence in the hope of de-escalating the crisis. And he said that despite President Vladimir Putin's assertions that Russia reserved a right to send its troops into Ukraine it was not an option they wanted to use. (SOUNDBITE)(Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV SAYING: "We have no wish to put our armed troops in Ukraine, on the territory of a friendly state, on the territory where our brothers live. This goes against the core interests of the Russian Federation." Canada has said it's sending six CF-18 fighter planes to the region to help bolster NATO. NATO has ruled out military involvement in Ukraine but announced plans to send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure other nations.

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Ukraine diplomacy raises hope

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 01:55