18/9/2014 11:37
RIA Novosti

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Russia Slams EU Sanctions Over Ukraine, Threatens to Retaliate

Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine

18:37 07/03/2014
Tags: European Union, Russian Foreign Ministry, Viktor Yanukovych, Arseny Yatsenyuk, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russia accused the European Union on Friday of taking an “extremely unconstructive stance” on the Ukrainian political crisis by freezing negotiations with Russia on a visa-free regime and a new cooperation agreement.

“Russia does not accept the language of sanctions and threats, but if they are imposed they will not remain unanswered,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The leaders of the 28 EU member states who gathered Thursday for an extraordinary meeting in Brussels agreed on a three-step series of sanctions to punish Russia for a contested military incursion in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

The leaders agreed that the punishment should start with an immediate suspension of talks on a new comprehensive economic and political pact with Russia.

The turbulent political crisis in Ukraine has led to the current standoff between Russia and the West over the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.

Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.

Ukraine’s interim prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, said Thursday that the Crimean parliament’s decision to secede was an “illegitimate,” and he accused Russia of undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Ukraine has lost control of Crimea in recent days as thousands of troops without insignia swarmed the area, taking control of administration buildings and taking over military bases.

Though the troops speak Russian and have Russian military equipment and license plates, the Kremlin denied they were Russian, saying they were local militias.

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  • bielecUnbelievable arrogance and hypocrisy
    20:24, 07/03/2014
    The EU and NATO have started and supported the mess in Ukraine. They are to be blamed for the results, not Russia. Russia has ended the crisis and did it in a positive and peaceful way.
  • BlizzardWho is Obama?
    21:53, 07/03/2014
    All you need to know:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw
  • nretsosRussia Slams EU Sanctions Over Ukraine, Threatens to Retaliate
    22:05, 07/03/2014
    Of course Russia should respond to sanctions with sanctions, otherwise would be slapped around by the West. Nikos Retsos, retired professor
  • BlizzardWho is Obama?
    22:42, 07/03/2014
    Below posted YouTube link about Obama has been posted 2009 and that means 5 years ago and there author is mentioning fascists in Ukraine and in some other EU countries such as Baltic states and so on. I believe that who ever has a bit of time is worth to watch especially as then many things will become clearer and it will be easier to foresee future.
  • barracuda4_0Russia is alway has been and will be on the wrong side with US and Europe
    08:06, 08/03/2014
    It is unfortunate way how things have been unfolding with Ukrainian crisis so far. I do not totally agree with the way that Russian Government handled this issue. I truly believe that it would've been more beneficial to everybody and especially Russia itself if they made a diplomatic effort first by calling an extraordinary session of UN when it all started in Ukraine and use this international stage to show the world who this bunch of Ukrainian Neo Nationalistic thugs who were killing people on their way to the top really was. But it is too late and now Russia needs to keep it stand and act not hastily but in thought through and the most hurtful way to make West feel the pinch as much as possible

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