Kerry says Russia has made 'constructive moves' on Ukraine in recent days

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 16, 2014 10:24 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Russia had made constructive moves towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine.

"Let me say that Russia has made constructive moves in the last days," Kerry told reporters in London.

"There are some indications that whether it is line of control negotiations, or calm that is in place in a number of places, the withdrawal of certain people ... there are signs of constructive choices. That can only be helpful."

Asked about the collapse of the Russian rouble, Kerry said: "There are a lot of combined factors, but the sanctions were clearly intended to invite President [Vladimir] Putin to make a different set of choices."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton, writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)