Hague in talks over Ukraine crisis

Andover Advertiser: Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned of an escalation of 'an already dangerous situation' in Ukraine Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned of an escalation of 'an already dangerous situation' in Ukraine

Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet European counterparts tomorrow for talks on Ukraine amid a "dangerous escalation" of the crisis, officials said.

Interim president Oleksandr Turchynov has announced he is sending in the army after pro-Russian forces took over government buildings in the east of the country.

Moscow has denied it is behind the coordinated operation by gangs wearing uniforms without insignia, but Britain said Russia would be assumed to be complicit unless it condemned the actions.

The Foreign Office warned the occupations were a "further dangerous escalation of an already dangerous situation".

In a televised address, president Turchynov said he was launching a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks and prevent Russian forces moving in.

He said: " The Security Council has made a decision to begin a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with participation of army forces.

"We're not going to allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in Ukraine's east."

It follows u nrest in parts of eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk, where ethnic Russians fear they will suffer at the hands of the West-facing Ukrainian government.

Mr Hague is meeting foreign minsters in Luxembourg where the crisis will be number one on the agenda, officials said.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: " The latest occupations by armed groups of government buildings in towns in eastern Ukraine are a further dangerous escalation of an already dangerous situation.

"Assumptions that Russia is complicit are inevitable as long as Moscow does not publicly distance itself from these latest lawless actions. Russia must desist from steps which destabilise Ukraine and undermine the possibility of Contact Group talks.

"European foreign ministers will meet on Monday to discuss how to respond to the latest events."

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7:48pm Sun 13 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Once again he will attempt to 'talk up' both the matter, (none of our concern), and his own importance, (nothing there either)

Most of Europe will listen to his effort, politely I am sure, then do as they have done so far, utterly ignore the twerp.

The Russians will be crapping their pants too.....as though!
Once again he will attempt to 'talk up' both the matter, (none of our concern), and his own importance, (nothing there either) Most of Europe will listen to his effort, politely I am sure, then do as they have done so far, utterly ignore the twerp. The Russians will be crapping their pants too.....as though! varteg1
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8:18pm Sun 13 Apr 14

mixxer says...

I don't listen to him and no one I know listens to him, so we can be pretty sure no one in Russia will listen to him.
The man has proven himself to be nothing but an idiot throughout his public life (e.g. "14 pints a night") and it's a measure of the calibre of British politics that he has held such senior positions.
I don't listen to him and no one I know listens to him, so we can be pretty sure no one in Russia will listen to him. The man has proven himself to be nothing but an idiot throughout his public life (e.g. "14 pints a night") and it's a measure of the calibre of British politics that he has held such senior positions. mixxer
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9:33pm Sun 13 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Yes Mr Hague our Navy with it's 23 surface ships, while Russia has hundreds, they have more Aircraft more Tanks, they have 150,000 just on the Ukranian border, we have just 80,000 spread out fighting wars yet again that don't concern this Country, so you and the Cabinet go and fight them if that's what you want to do, no one will stop you, or would you rather send our under staffed underpaid Soldiers....NOT
Yes Mr Hague our Navy with it's 23 surface ships, while Russia has hundreds, they have more Aircraft more Tanks, they have 150,000 just on the Ukranian border, we have just 80,000 spread out fighting wars yet again that don't concern this Country, so you and the Cabinet go and fight them if that's what you want to do, no one will stop you, or would you rather send our under staffed underpaid Soldiers....NOT welshmen
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8:18am Mon 14 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Into the valley of death rode the six hundred...well, at least that's what one commentator related the last time Britain crossed swords with Russia.
Into the valley of death rode the six hundred...well, at least that's what one commentator related the last time Britain crossed swords with Russia. Katie Re-Registered
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11:23am Mon 14 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Britain is no longer a global power, if anything I reckon we are the laughing stock. Just stay out of other countries business Mr Hague.. Get our own broken country up and running again first.
Britain is no longer a global power, if anything I reckon we are the laughing stock. Just stay out of other countries business Mr Hague.. Get our own broken country up and running again first. Chippy70
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6:12pm Mon 14 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Chippy70 wrote:
Britain is no longer a global power, if anything I reckon we are the laughing stock. Just stay out of other countries business Mr Hague.. Get our own broken country up and running again first.
He got his nose put out of joint over his infantile support and attempts to arm, those murdering Islamic thugs who have all but destroyed one of the most stable nations in the Arab sphere, namely Syria.

He stands absolutely no chance with Russia, the Bear will do as it always has done, carry on regardless of the whimperings of a less than effective Brit MP.

I will make one suggestion..(bet he wouldn't dare to take it on though), get yourself a pair of boxing glove Willy boy and get into a ring with Mr Putin.

Instead of whittering on about sanctions etc, which will be as effective as a ice cream sundae to feed a starving million plus Syrians you have helped to displace, if you wish to involve the British in anything so crass as a bruising with Russia, face Vlad yourself. I am sure we will all take a keen interest in your progress.
[quote][p][bold]Chippy70[/bold] wrote: Britain is no longer a global power, if anything I reckon we are the laughing stock. Just stay out of other countries business Mr Hague.. Get our own broken country up and running again first.[/p][/quote]He got his nose put out of joint over his infantile support and attempts to arm, those murdering Islamic thugs who have all but destroyed one of the most stable nations in the Arab sphere, namely Syria. He stands absolutely no chance with Russia, the Bear will do as it always has done, carry on regardless of the whimperings of a less than effective Brit MP. I will make one suggestion..(bet he wouldn't dare to take it on though), get yourself a pair of boxing glove Willy boy and get into a ring with Mr Putin. Instead of whittering on about sanctions etc, which will be as effective as a ice cream sundae to feed a starving million plus Syrians you have helped to displace, if you wish to involve the British in anything so crass as a bruising with Russia, face Vlad yourself. I am sure we will all take a keen interest in your progress. varteg1
  • Score: 0
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