US, Britain reject East-West divide in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Britain are rejecting suggestions that the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president is symbolic of a Cold War-era East-West divide.

Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague both disputed on Tuesday the idea that the situation in Ukraine is a "zero-sum game," or one in which one sphere of influence wins at the expense of the other. And each urged Russia to work with the West in helping the Ukrainian people peacefully achieve their democratic aspirations.

They also said their countries oppose any attempt to partition or divide the former Soviet Republic into pro-Western and pro-Russian territories.

Kerry and Hague made their comments at the start of a State Department conference on the use of sexual violence in war.

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