John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Paul J. Richards, Getty Images)

by Angelo Pacheco

Russian troops continue to remain in Crimea. The situation is at a standstill, and there has not been any progression into the Russian occupation of Crimea. Many nations throughout the world are monitoring the situation, but they do not want to be proactive. Some nations do not want to engage in the conflict with Russia. No one wants admission into war.

Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The gentlemen spoke for four hours, but there is no imminent progression, or any agreement for Russia’s retreat from Crimea. Perhaps these were casual talks for both oppositions.

Kerry said, “We both made suggestions as to how that will be achieved…and I will return to Washington to consult with President Obama on his choices. We are trying to find a way to defuse this.”

Clearly, Russia did not provide an inclination to remove their troops from Crimea. They may make some concessions with the United States, Ukraine, and the European Union; however, they will remain firm on their occupation.

These initial talks may be the prelude to a possible agreement, but there is no time frame for a brief negotiation for Ukraine and Russia. The U.S. and Kerry’s motives are to talk with Russia casually and to soften Russia’s stance on Crimean occupation. Kerry was not sent to make harsh demands and brief ultimatums; the U.S. wants to seek a positive, diplomatic resolution. The U.S. also wants to cease the bloodshed because the turmoil in Ukraine has seen many casualties.

Kerry will return to the U.S. and report to President Obama on his findings. President Obama wants to know Russia’s position on Ukraine. More specifically, he wants to know if Russia is willing to negotiate in the near future. Or will they maintain a stronghold on Crimea? Kerry has told news media that progression cannot be made possible with Russian troops stationed in Crimea. The Russian troops must withdraw from Crimea.

Kerry has commenced talks with Russia. The U.S. position is to calm the “Russian storm,” and to avoid any escalation to violence between Russia and Ukraine. Kerry will return to Russia and the White House will begin to strategize a plan to end this conflict. Patience is the solution for the U.S. and diplomatic talks will perpetuate progression; however, Russia will determine the outcome. They have the leverage, because of their military occupation of Crimea. Many nations are aware if they export troops into Crimea that war will be inevitable and the bloodshed will continue.

The U.S. is working to silence the “Russian storm” and ease the tension. Expect for the upcoming weeks to become the host of more diplomatic discussions between the U.S. and Russia. Russia may be listening, but the world still awaits the removal of Russian troops from Crimea.