U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in London to meet with his British counterpart for talks that are expected to be dominated by the Ukrainian conflict. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in London on Saturday (February 21) for meetings with his U.K. counterpart, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. A senior U.S. official said the Ukrainian conflict was expected to dominate the talks between Kerry and Hammond and that the two would discuss possible penalties that could be imposed against Russia if violence in eastern Ukraine continues. The discussions would also cover the fighting in Syria and Iraq, Nigeria's upcoming election as well as the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the official said. Washington warned Russia on Friday that the continued support of separatists fighting in Ukraine was a direct threat to the "modern global order". Western nations have clung to the diplomatic route in dealing with the conflict, even though the rebels seized the strategic town of Debaltseve, in defiance of the ceasefire brokered by Germany and France, inflicting one of the worst defeats on Kiev in the 10-month-old conflict.