Contacts between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the situation in Ukraine and a number of other issues will continue in the coming days, Kerry said.
Kerry said that he and Lavrov had agreed to stay in touch in the coming days in order to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and many other issues, on which the two were working together, such as Syria and Iran.
A number of constructive ideas, which respect the interests of Russia, have been presented at the meeting, Kerry said.
A few constructive proposals, which respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and which, at the same time, take into account rightful interests of Russia, have been made, Kerry said.
The United States are ready to respect Russia's interests in Crimea if Russia respects territorial integrity of Ukraine, Kerry said.
Moscow can treat the results of the Crimean referendum scheduled for March 16 differently and it is not obliged necessarily to decide on accepting Crimea as its region, the U.S. Secretary of State said.
The statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will respect the results of the vote gives him many variants of how he will respect it, Kerry said. Putin can respect the referendum by achieving that Crimea's autonomy is increased and, at that, the decision on annexation is not to be made necessarily, the U.S. official said.
The decision on measures in response to the Crimean referendum will depend on what Putin will do on Monday, March 17, Kerry said.
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