“Obviously we want to see a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine. We remain deeply skeptical of the Russian Federation's willingness to have a major de-escalation in this crisis,” Baird said.
“Let's give a political solution a chance. Obviously if more provocation and more negative aspects emerge, we would advocate strongly for additional measures (against Russia),” he stressed.
A joint statement of Baird and Ashton upon the results of the talks says: “In the face of unacceptable provocations in Ukraine, we continue to stand united in support of free, independent and democratic nations.”