Kerry calls Lavrov Sunday on Ukraine, Voice of Russia reports — no reporting from Voice of America

KerryOfficialPortrait

UPDATE, 7PM EST Sun. Feb. 23, 2014: Many hours after Deutsche Welle (DW), Voice of Russia and RT had already reported on Susan Rice’s “Meet the Press” warning against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, VOA finally posted a news report sometime between 4 and 7 PM EST Sunday. However, a VOA English radio newscast heard online after 7PM EST, still made no mention of Susan Rice’s interview. It also did not present any other U.S. reactions.

VOA English 7PM EST Online Radio Newscast

There is still no report on the VOA English website or in VOA radio newscasts about Secretary Kerry’s phone call Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Voice of Russia and RT had reported on the phone call earlier in the day.

BBG Watch Commentary KerryOfficialPortraitRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a telephone conversation on Sunday at the initiative of the US side, Voice of Russia (VOR) reported, while U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) still has nothing on this story, as well as on earlier comments on Ukraine and U.S.-Russia relations from President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice. “The Russian Foreign Ministry reports that the ministers continued to discuss the situation in Ukraine in line with an understanding between the presidents of the two countries who spoke on the phone two days ago,” Voice of Russia reported.

Voice of Russia also reported that in a telephone conversation with Kerry Sunday, Lavrov again raised the issue of an urgent need to improve Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko’s medical and living conditions in a U.S. prison.

Voice of America English News had nothing in recent weeks on a growing controversy and U.S.-Russian diplomatic exchanges over the medical condition of Yaroshenko whom a federal jury found guilty in 2011 of conspiracy to bring drugs into the United States. Yaroshenko, his lawyer and Russian diplomats claim that he is deprived of adequate medical care in the U.S. prison.

Lavrov talking to Kerry stresses need of observance of agreement on political settlement in Ukraine

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 Source: Voice of Russia (Russia)

In talks with Kerry Lavrov returns to urgent need of improving Yaroshenko’s conditions

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 Source: Voice of Russia (Russia)

Russia’s RT also reported on Rice’s statements and the Kerry-Lavrov phone call.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle also reported on Rice’s comments and Chancellor Merkel’s phone conversation with President Putin, which also took place Sunday.

DW: Avoid ‘grave mistake,’ says Rice

In Washington, Susan Rice, US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to send military forces into Ukraine.
Rice said the US wanted “in very short order” constitutional changes and democratic elections, and a de-escalation of the past week’s violence which included sniper fire.

Merkel phones Putin

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor had phoned Putin before the close of the Sochi Olympics and “both agreed that Ukraine must quickly get a government capable of acting” and its territorial integrity must be “preserved.”

European integration sought, says Ukraine’s interim leader

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 Source: Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Voice of America has been doing very little updating of its online news on Sunday.

VOA English News radio newscast at 4:00 PM EST Sunday had no new information from Ukraine and nothing on Ambassador Rice’s comments about Ukraine, U.S. and Russia on “Meet the Press” or Secretary Kerry’s phone call, also Sunday, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

VOA Newscast 4PM EST Sunday, February 23, 2014

As of 4PM EST Sunday, Voice of America US News Page has not been updated since Saturday

VOA US News Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 4.09 PM EST  As of 4PM EST Sunday, Voice of America US News page has not been updated  since Saturday. VOA has not reported on Sunday comments on Ukraine and U.S.-Russia relations from President Obama's national security advisor Susan Rice. VOA has also not reported on Sunday's  Kerry-Lavrov phone call.

VOA US News Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 4.09 PM EST
As of 4PM EST Sunday, Voice of America US News page has not been updated since Saturday. VOA has not reported on Sunday comments on Ukraine and U.S.-Russia relations from President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice. VOA has also not reported on Sunday’s Kerry-Lavrov phone call.

BBG Watch Commentary

Voice of Russia reports on Ukraine statements from the White House, nothing yet on Voice of America

UPDATE, 7PM EST Sun. Feb. 23, 2014: Many hours after Deutsche Welle (DW), Voice of Russia and RT had already reported on Susan Rice’s “Meet the Press” warning against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, VOA finally posted a news report sometime between 4 and 7 PM EST Sunday. However, a VOA English radio newscast heard online after 7PM EST, still made no mention of Susan Rice’s interview. It also did not present any other U.S. reactions.

VOA English 7PM EST Online Radio Newscast

There is still no report on the VOA English website or in VOA radio newscasts about Secretary Kerry’s phone call Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Voice of Russia and RT had reported on the phone call earlier in the day.

Susan Rice

Susan Rice

U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) is again late in reporting on the Obama Administration foreign policy statements on Ukraine, leaving it to Voice of Russia to inform international audiences about latest U.S. views. Voice of America management apparently did not make arrangements to cover U.S. television Sunday interview programs, while  Voice of Russia reported on U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, saying that it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to send military forces into Ukraine and that it is not in the interest of Russia, Europe or the United States to see Ukraine split apart. Speaking on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” Rice was asked about a possible scenario in which Russia would send forces into Ukraine to restore a government more friendly to Moscow, Voice of Russia reported. As of 12:30 PM EST Sunday, there were no reports on Rice’s comments on Ukraine and Russia on the Voice of America English news website. Meanwhile, Voice of Russia also reported Susan Rice as saying that the United States believes that President Victor Yanukovych has resigned. “We believe he has resigned… He no longer leads the country as its president,” Rice said — Voice of Russia reported. Not reporting promptly Sunday on Susan Rice’s statements is one of many recent news reporting failures by the Voice of America with regard to Ukraine and many other major news stories under VOA Director David Ensor and VOA Executive Editor Steve Redisch. Many similar Obama Administration statements from the White House, the State Department or the Pentagon were not reported at all by VOA English News, or were reported late and superficially while in many cases Al Jazeera, BBC, China’s CCTV, and Russia’s RT and Voice of Russia reported on these U.S. policy statements faster in in greater detail. Similarly, VOA failed to report on many Ukraine-related statements from key members of the U.S. Congress. Voice of America Director David Ensor made a comment late last year that VOA’s news reporting problems are a “resource issue,” but critics point out that VOA posts dozens or even hundreds of reports in English and in various other languages on such less serious news stories as the British royal wedding, the British royal baby christening, drunken driving charges against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, and dog shows. On the 2011 British royal wedding, the VOA English news website alone had close to 30 separate news reports. Recently, it had six reports on Justin Bieber and two reports on a dog show in New York. While posting dog show reports, VOA English News was not reporting on anti-government protests in Bosnia and Vice President Biden’s phone conversation with President Yanunovych. The Voice of America Charter (U.S.Public Law 94-350) says that “VOA will present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively, and will also present responsible discussions and opinion on these policies.” VOA is supervised by the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 Source: Voice of Russia (Russia)

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 Source: Voice of Russia (Russia)

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