Subject: From a Senior State Department Official: Readout of Secretary Kerry’s Call with Foreign Minister Lavrov
State Department Press Corps,
The following is attributable to a Senior State Department Official:
During a call with Foreign Minister Lavrov this afternoon, Secretary Kerry expressed strong concern that attacks today by armed militants in eastern Ukraine were orchestrated and synchronized, similar to previous attacks in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Militants were equipped with specialized Russian weapons and the same uniforms as those worn by the Russian forces that invaded Crimea. The Secretary made clear that if Russia did not take steps to de-escalate in eastern Ukraine and move its troops back from Ukraine’s border, there would be additional consequences.