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Russia, US Rift Widens Over Crimea Sanctions

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information pills http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-themes.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Just hours after the signing of a treaty between Russia and Crimea absorbing the peninsula into the Russian Federation, http://cphpost.dk/wp-includes/post-formats.php the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov issued the warning in a telephone call to US Secretary of State John Kerry.


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After Mr Lavrov spoke to Mr Kerry, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement: “(Crimea) republic residents made their democratic choice in line with the international law and the UN charter, which Russia accepts and respects.


“The sanctions introduced by the United States and the European Union are unacceptable and will not remain without consequences.”


Mr Kerry later warned that any incursion by Russia into eastern Ukraine would be “as egregious as any step I can think of”.


“I hope we don’t get there,” he added.


On Tuesday, Mr Putin said Western sanctions would be viewed as an act of aggression, and that Moscow would retaliate.


On Monday, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on several officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow’s actions in the Black Sea peninsula.


After the signing of the treaty on Tuesday, the White House said those sanctions would be expanded.


However, it is believed that the signed treaty between Russia and Crimea must be approved by Russia’s constitutional court and ratified by Parliament, there is no doubt MPs will give their full backing when they vote on Friday which is already in effect according to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Credit: BBC

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