14 Mar 2014

Ukraine Crisis Talks Marred by Translator Spat

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is in London today for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry is attempting to seek assurances from Russia that it will attempt to peacefully resolve the current crisis in the Ukraine through negotiation and will not make moves to encourage Crimea to break away from the former Soviet state.

Mr Kerry has previously warned of “very serious steps” from the US and European Union if the referendum goes ahead in the Black Sea peninsula, which has close links to Moscow.

The situation, already pretty tense, was worsened when John Kerry’s interpreter leapt in to provide a translation of his comments, rather than allow Mr Lavrov’s translator to provide the translation – much to the Russian translator’s annoyance.

You can watch a video of the incident on Sky News.



 
 

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