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Targeted sanctions against Russia could be imposed “within days,” if it refuses to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, David Cameron has said.
He announced that a meeting will be held between US and EU officials in London tomorrow to discuss possible asset freezes and travel bans against key members of Vladimir Putin’s government.
Updating the House of Commons following the emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels last week, the Prime Minister reiterated his position that the upcoming referendum in Crimea planned for Sunday was “illegal” and said Russia’s continued support for the vote would also be a trigger for the EU to deploy sanctions.
“What has happened to Ukraine is completely indefensible,” he told MPs.
“Its territorial integrity has been violated, and the aspirations of its people to chart their own future are being frustrated.
“This Council sent a clear and united message to Russia that its actions are in flagrant breach of international law and will incur consequences.
He told Moscow that Ukraine should not be the subject of a “tug of war” between east and west, urging President Putin to withdraw his support for the “farcical” Crimea referendum.
If Russia intervenes further into Ukraine, it would face “"far-reaching consequences,” Mr Cameron said. “Ukraine should be able to choose its own future and act as a bridge between Russia and Europe."
“In Europe we have spent the last 70 years working to keep the peace – and we know from history that turning a blind eye when nations are trampled over stores up greater problems for the longer term.”
“We must stand up to aggression, uphold international law, and support the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people who want the freedom to choose their own future.”
The Prime Minister discussed the situation over dinner with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Hanover yesterday evening, with both agreeing the poll would be "illegal" and that Russia must not attempt to "legitimise" the result.
Mr Cameron also spoke to President Putin by telephone earlier on Sunday, urging him to allow all Ukrainians to "choose their future" at elections in May.
Meanwhile the White House has confirmed that Ukraine's prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk will join President Obama in Washington on Wednesday for talks aimed at engineering a diplomatic solution to the stand-off.
* Arms trade * Ukraine * Russia * Defence policy Richard Norton-Taylor theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is... Continue to article
Officials from the United States and EU countries will meet in London tomorrow to discuss possible asset freezes and travel bans on Russian officials, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said. The talks will be followed up by a meeting of pol... Continue to article
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Prime Minister's statement on the recent European Council. With Permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on last week’s emergency European Council. What has happened to Ukraine is completely indefensible. Its territori... Continue to article
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Been asked to be an election monitor in Crimea this weekend. Thinking about it. Continue to article
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Downing Street press release The Prime Minister and Chancellor Merkel had a working dinner on Sunday evening after opening one of the world's largest digital trade fairs in Hanover. Their discussions focused on the situation in Ukrain... Continue to article
The Russkies are not going to be shaking in their boots at sanctions Continue to article
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