Britain says Putin has chosen path to Russia's isolation

LONDON Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:17pm GMT

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague (L-R), Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius attend a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague (L-R), Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius attend a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels March 17, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has chosen the path to Russia's isolation by moving to annex Ukraine's Crimea region, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.

"It was regrettable to hear President Putin today choosing the route of isolation, denying the citizens of his own country, and of Crimea, partnership with the international community and full membership of a range of international organisations," Hague said in a statement to parliament.

Hague also said there was grave danger that a provocation elsewhere in Ukraine could be used as a pretext for a further military escalation. He said that it was highly likely that other G8 countries would now want to meet without Russia.

(Reporting by William James, Kylie MacLellan and Julia Fioretti, editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Hague is a source of never ending embarrassment to the UK.

I’m still trying to figure out why Russia (with all their limitless riches) would not want to be isolated from such a group of serf reprobates grovelling within U.S. occupied Europe!

Mar 18, 2014 2:42pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
pavlaki wrote:
If the people of Crimea want to be part of Russia then let them. If the Scots and the Catalans want independence then let them. History teaches us that there is no point in fighting the will of the majority.

R.V _ US occupied Europe? What,where and how?

Mar 18, 2014 3:00pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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