Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov takes part in a joint press conference with his Tunisian counterpart Mongi Hamdi (unseen) on March 4, 2014, during his visit to the capital Tunis. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAID
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that threats of sanctions against Moscow are counter-productive and will not change its position on the Ukraine crisis.Ukraine's new authorities have said that thousands of Russian troops have poured into Crimea during the past few days, in claims backed by Western officials but denied on Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin.Lavrov indicated Russia was open to holding negotiations with its international partners that involved the implementation of the February 21 accord signed by Yanukovych and his opponents.Western powers have been wrestling with how to respond to Russia's threat to use force against Ukraine, where Yanukovych was driven from power following three months of protests that culminated in days of carnage.
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