British FM calls Ukraine Europe’s ‘biggest crisis’ this century


William Hague says Russia needs to return to the status quo in Crimea or face diplomatic consequences

Times of Israel

The unrest in Ukraine is “the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, as he warned Russia to back down in Crimea.

It’s difficult to rank these things but it’s certainly the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century and it will require all our diplomatic efforts,” Hague told BBC radio from Kiev, where he is meeting the interim Ukrainian government.

The British foreign minister urged Russia to pull back its forces in Crimea or face “significant costs.”

Referring to the decision by Britain and other allies to pull out of preparatory talks on the G8 summit in Sochi this week, Hague said: “There are diplomatic measures which we have started on already.

There are a range of other significant costs. I don’t want to anticipate at the moment what those will be, those will be discussed among my fellow EU foreign ministers today. They are also for discussion with the United States, Japan, Canada, other nations.

But be in no doubt that there would be such costs. The world cannot just allow this to happen. The world cannot say it’s OK in effect to violate the sovereignty of another nation in this way.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday that Russia risked losing its seat among the prestigious Group of Eight nations, although Hague did not go that far.

What we will do in subsequent weeks depends on Russia’s behaviour. Clearly that means there is a serious threat to G8 cooperation over the coming weeks and months,” Hague said.

The G7 countries are entirely capable of cooperating well among themselves without Russia and they will increasingly move in that direction if these matters cannot be resolved.”

Explaining what Western powers wanted Moscow to do, Hague said Russia was entitled to have forces in Crimea.

But when they are outside their bases they are meant to operate with the agreement of the Ukrainian authorities. Russia needs to return to that situation,” he said.

  1. #1 by NLG on 03/03/2014 - 9:34

    All day long on CNN, it’s been a neverending effluence of Orwellian, warmongering vomitus, spewed by neocon ideologues, and just about everyone of them Jewish, Jewish, Jewish.

  2. #2 by kittie kittie on 03/03/2014 - 9:34

    You don’t say:

    Russia provides about a quarter of Europe’s gas, half of it through Ukraine
    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26418664

  3. #3 by Peter on 03/03/2014 - 9:34

    Hague looks like his panties are on too tight, and the Israeli yid looks like he’s just farted. These people are sickening,… how do they sleep at night?

  4. #4 by Todd Raine on 03/04/2014 - 9:34

    The unrest in the Ukraine was not a problem for us in the twentieth century when millions of them were being killed. Reading Alexander Solzhenitsyn’, Warning to the West. Every time Zionist/communist masters demanded, the western puppet slaves just handed over more western blood, territory, and sovereignty. Lenin {” We can not support the slogan “Peace” since it is a totally muddled one and a hindrance to the revolutionary struggle.” “To reject war in principle is un-Marxist. Who objectively stands to gain from the slogan ‘Peace’? In any case, not the revolutionary proletariate.” Solzhenitsyn { This is Communism’s view of war. War is an instrument for achieving a goal.} page 70.

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