Kerry Summary: "There Will Be Costs"

Tyler Durden's picture

Kerry speaks. The punchline:

  • KERRY SAYS RUSSIA NOT PREPARED TO TAKE STEPS BEFORE REFERENDUM
  • KERRY SAYS U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL NOT RECOGNIZE OUTCOME OF CRIMEA REFERENDUM

And of course, the hollow threats - the costs are back.

  • KERRY SAYS THERE WILL BE COSTS IF RUSSIA DOES NOT CHANGE COURSE
  • KERRY SAYS IF RUSSIA DOES ESTABLISH FACTS ON THE GROUND THAT THREATEN UKRAINIAN PEOPLE 'THAT WILL BEG AN EVEN GREATER COST'

Everything else was superfluous:

  • KERRY SAYS TALKS WERE `CANDID, DIRECT'
  • KERRY SAYS HE, LAVROV DISCUSSED FREEZE ON MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS... and?

But before you accuse him of slacking, Kerry put in a solid workday into it:

  • KERRY SAYS HE HAD 6 HOURS OF TALKS WITH LAVROV, and
  • KERRY SAYS HE AND LAVROV TO STAY IN TOUCH IN NEXT FEW DAYS

In summary: Kerry came, spoke with Lavrov, and all he had to show for it was some $50k in taxpayer funds spent for the first class ticket to London.