Lavrov says U.S. and Russia still at great odds over Ukraine crisis

BY Sam Lane  March 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM EST

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister  Sergey Lavrov met in London on Friday. Photo by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in London on Friday. Photo by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that there is “no common” vision between the United States and his country over the situation in Ukraine, according to The Associated Press.

Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry are among a group of world leaders attending talks in London. The meeting comes before a Sunday vote in Crimea on whether the region will secede and become a part of Russia.

And despite some international fears, Lavrov said Russia has no plans to invade southeastern Ukraine.

Throughout the London meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official Twitter account tweeted photos and video of interaction between Kerry and Lavrov:

The two apparently took a long walk on the grass and kicked around a soccer ball.