1. WAR DRUMS

    U.S. Won't Recognize Crimea Vote

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14:  US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (L) at the US Ambassadors Residence for talks on the current political situation in the Ukraine, on March 14, 2014 in London, England. Mr Kerry will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Ukrainian crisis situation ahead of a disputed referendum in Crimea on Sunday. (Photo by Sean Dempsey - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    WPA pool photo by Sean Dempsey

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in London after a meeting with Russia's foreign minister that the United States will not recognize the results of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on joining Russia. Meanwhile, Sergey Lavrov said Russia has "no plans for military intrusion in Eastern Ukraine," despite reports that tens of thousands of Russian troops have massed along the border. Lavrov also said Moscow is "committed to respect the outcome of the referendum" in Crimea on Sunday on whether to join Russia.

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