West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis




 
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March 25th, 2014  
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Topic: West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis


By William James and Katya Golubkova THE HAGUE/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea. After initially scoffing at a decision by the United States and its allies to boycott a planned Group of Eight summit in Sochi and hold a G7 summit instead without Russia, the Kremlin said it was keen to maintain contact with G8 partners. We are interested in such contacts," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Interfax news agency. British Prime Minister David Cameron signalled meanwhile that while the West did not accept Putin's annexation of Crimea, it would take more severe measures against sectors of the Russian economy only if he went further.




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