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Watch Diplomacy In Action As Russia And The U.S. Talk Ukraine

Awkward.

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It all began innocently enough, with Secretary of State John Kerry boarding a plane for London Thursday night to discuss the crisis in Ukraine with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

At the direction of President Obama, @JohnKerry heads to London to discuss #Ukraine, Crimea with #Russia's FM Lavrov.

Department of State@StateDept

At the direction of President Obama, @JohnKerry heads to London to discuss #Ukraine, Crimea with #Russia's FM Lavrov.

09:00 PM - 13 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They both looked happy to be there.

Pool / Reuters

The talks come two days before Crimea is set to hold a referendum, orchestrated by Russia, to approve its secession from Ukraine, following the country's revolution.

Earlier in the day, Lavrov had met his British counterpart, William Hague. He even made him a cup of coffee.

Before discussing international issues, in particular #Ukraine @RussianEmbassy @WilliamJHague

MFA Russia@mfa_russia

Before discussing international issues, in particular #Ukraine @RussianEmbassy @WilliamJHague

06:20 AM - 14 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lavrov and Kerry, on the other hand, decided to take it outside, to the garden of the U.S. ambassador's residence in London.

Happening now →@JohnKerry is discussing #Ukraine with #Russia's FM Lavrov @USAinUK Winfield House in London.

Department of State@StateDept

Happening now →@JohnKerry is discussing #Ukraine with #Russia's FM Lavrov @USAinUK Winfield House in London.

06:49 AM - 14 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then this happened, tweeted by the Russian foreign ministry's official account.

Lavrov and Kerry. Hope they will be back

Luckily, they did come back.

After more than three hours, @JohnKerry and #Russia's FM Lavrov continue talks on de-escalating tensions in Ukraine.

Department of State@StateDept

After more than three hours, @JohnKerry and #Russia's FM Lavrov continue talks on de-escalating tensions in Ukraine.

09:36 AM - 14 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

WATCH OUT FOR THAT EAGLE.

The talks have now stretched into their fourth hour.

.@JohnKerry & #Russia's FM Lavrov continue talks on #Ukraine in London. See more photos: http://t.co/xFiLFSZAWI.

Department of State@StateDept

.@JohnKerry & #Russia's FM Lavrov continue talks on #Ukraine in London. See more photos: http://t.co/xFiLFSZAWI.

11:00 AM - 14 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The talks come as U.S.-Russia relations have plunged to new post-Cold War lows.

Pool / Reuters

The U.S. and Russia have threatened tit-for-tat sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The U.S. has urged a diplomatic solution over Crimea, which de facto separated from Ukraine once Russian troops poured in late last month. Attention has now turned to the east of the country, which has become increasingly unstable, amid reports of Russian troop buildup near its border with Ukraine. There was no word yet on what, if anything, Lavrov and Kerry agreed in their talks.

Everyone eagerly awaits their outcome.

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