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William Hague summons Russian ambassador as Russian parliament approves sending troops to Ukraine

1 March 2014

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary who is off to Kiev tomorrow, has issued the following statement:-

‘I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision of the Russian parliament to authorise military action on Ukrainian soil against the wishes of the Ukrainian Government. This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine.

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‘I spoke today to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge steps to calm this dangerous situation. I told Minister Lavrov that Britain supports the Ukrainian Government’s request for urgent consultations in accordance with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by the UK, US, Russia and Ukraine. In the light of President Putin’s request to the Federation Council, we have now summoned the Russian Ambassador to the Foreign Office to register our deep concerns.

‘I also spoke this afternoon to German Foreign Minister Steinmeier where we agreed on the need for international diplomatic action to address the crisis. The UK supports the proposed emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, and we have already called an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council for this afternoon in New York.

‘Yesterday I spoke to Ukrainian Acting President Turchynov and made clear the UK’s support for Ukraine’s new government. I urged him to ensure that the government takes measures which unify the country, and that it protects the rights of all Ukraine’s citizens, including those from minority groups, in a spirit of inclusiveness. And I assured him of the UK’s commitment to working with other international partners and institutions to ensure that reforms by Ukraine are matched by international willingness to provide economic support.

‘I will visit Ukraine on Sunday to discuss these issues directly with the Ukrainian Government. I will reiterate the UK’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I will also discuss how the UK can support the Ukrainian Government in recovering improperly acquired assets. The EU must agree urgently an asset freezing regime to target those suspected of laundering the proceeds of corruption. On my instructions, the British Embassy in Kiev has told the Ukrainian Government that we stand ready to provide Ukraine with technical advice on asset recovery.’

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  • jazz606

    We need to keep right out of this.

  • Bonkim

    Hague wasting his time.

  • Daniel Maris

    Longer term threats will be more important in reigning in Russia.

    We need a Marshall Plan equivalent of importing USA’s gas, fracking in Europe and adopting green energy. That needs to be agreed between the USA and Europe – a NATO equivalent for energy. We need to make clear to Russia that we mean to kill off their gas industry if this is how they are going to behave.

    • Bonkim

      Plenty of takers for Russian gas or they can keep it running longer.

      Have you checked the cost of importing LNG from the US to Europe??

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Yes, you NSDAPers are determined to adopt war-like strategy, as usual, I see.

      How typical of you socialist nutters.

  • Smithersjones2013

    William Hague summons Russian ambassador as Russian parliament approves sending troops to Ukraine

    And I’m sure the Russian Ambassador had a good chuckle about it on his way back to the embassy. What did Hague use as leverage. Did he threaten that the EU wouldn’t use Russian gas supplies?

    Perhaps Ukraine would do us the favour of keeping Wet Willy Eunuch. He’s no use to this country!

  • Lady Magdalene

    I’m sure the Russian ambassador was quaking in his boots at the prospect of a dressing down from Wee Willy. Shame he’s not a bit more concerned about the UK’s Sovereignty …. transferred without a mandate to the EU.

    If you haven’t read it already, take a peek at Tim Stanley’s comment in the DT about the EU’s letter of protest.


  • Noa

    As once was said elsewhere, being berated by William Hague is like being savaged by a dead sheep.

  • colliemum

    How brave, Mr Hague! Lovely words – after the horses have bolted. Did nobody in your department point out that it might perhaps not be such a good idea to go for what is violent regime change that close to Russia? And that perhaps the EU should be reined in, in their attempts to get the Ukraine into the EU by all and any means?
    Did you take a look at the people in that new Ukrainian government? Noticed that those replacing Yanukovich are the same kleptocrats which had run the country before Yanukovich won the elections in 2010?
    I hope your ‘asset recovery’ will include the assets of those people as well – fair is fair, innit!

    • the viceroy’s gin

      It’s funny, but they sheared the Russian kleptocratic oligarchical sheep in Cyprus, and it appears they’re setting up to do the same thing here again. I’m not complaining much, I suppose, if they stole all that cash and gave it back to West Ukraine. The brusselscrats would have to take their skim though Would 50% be enough for them I wonder?

      • colliemum

        Nah – more like 75%, seeing that we plebs will make up the missing rest through our taxes.
        I wonder however if this asset ‘stripping’ will be legally restricted to Ukrainian oligarchs – or if they’ll keep it as a handy instrument to strip us of our assets should the need arise.

  • David Lindsay.

    The only thing that needs to be said to the Russian Ambassador is congratulations for your principled stand in supporting the brave ethnic Russians in the face of the fascist thugs who have usurped law and order in Kiev.
    I do hope the current London regime do not take the Budapest memorandum to recall Belgium in 1914 or Poland in 1945

    • Frank

      Absurd, on what basis do you know that the mainly very un-thuggish protestors in Maidan Square were fascists? You are just parroting RT news.

  • Chris Bond

    He’s gonna complain to the Russian ambassador that the invasion is not sufficiently diverse, multicultural, gender neutral and carbon neutral, and that it is adding to global warming.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …and there aren’t any married homosexual couples participating, plus the invaders haven’t properly registered to pay the accrued EU invasion VAT.

      • Chris Bond

        Think that will be changed to “spoused” couples later this year? or “spoused individuals”? or “spoused equals” or “spoused Equalities” or “neutral interconnected equalities”

        I now pronounce you “neutral interconnected equalities”.

        God i wish I was joking.

    • BarkingAtTreehuggers

      That would be part of Green Gove’s portfolio, non?

  • fozz

    Something else we should keep away from. We are not in charge of everyone else’s affairs. When will they learn? I’ll bet Putin is trembling with fear because his ambassador has been summoned for a wigging by young Willy.

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