Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hague Warns Russia of 'Consequences' over Ukraine Crisis

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hague Warns Russia of 'Consequences' over Ukraine Crisis

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FOREIGN Secretary William Hague has warned Russia that there will be 'consequences' if it does not pull back in its confrontation over Ukraine.

Following talks in Kiev with interim Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Mr Hague said the world could not stand back and ignore the incursion by thousands of Russia troops into the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

"If Russia cannot be persuaded to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, there will have to be other consequences and other costs. I am not going to set out today what all of those are. We will act in a united way with other nations in the world," he said.

"Russia should be in no doubt about this.

His visit came amid intensive discussions among EU leaders over their response to the Russian action, while the G7 group of countries condemned Moscow's "clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine".

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