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A senior U.S. State Department official said The United States told Russia that it would not accept the results of Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine and it continued to urge a political resolution on Moscow. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Russia to back constitutional reform in Ukraine that would protect the rights of minorities such as Crimea's Russian-speaking population.
State media reported, that UN-Arab League joint special representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrived to Tehran Sunday, to hold talks with a number of Iranian high-ranking officials on the Syrian crisis. Xinhua reported, that Brahimi will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to exchange views on the recent developments in Syria, humanitarian aids to the Arab state and the ways to deal with the Syrian issues. Iran supports the ruling party in Syria in its conflict with the opposition groups. The second-round negotiations of the Geneva II peace conference concluded in mid-February without any tangible results.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said Sunday, “We are putting as much pressure on the Russians as we can to do the right thing” in Ukraine. Voters in the Crimea region of Ukraine, now occupied by troops from Russia, were casting ballots in a referendum Sunday to determine whether Crimea will rejoin Russia. Pfeiffer also sidestepped the question of U.S. military aid for the new government of Ukraine, saying only that “we’re looking at all ways of assistance.”