U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference in London March 14, 2014.(REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow Sunday to pull back Russian forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights, a US official said.Kerry's overture, in a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as residents of Crimea were voting on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.In Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry said Kerry assured Lavrov that Washington is already conducting all the necessary work and expects that it will soon bring positive results".A senior State Department official said it was "positive to see Russia focusing on political processes in the form of constitutional reforms that have been ongoing.
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