No doubt Russia behind Ukraine unrest

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William Hague123 Reuters. Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London April 8, 2014.

Luxembourg - The destabilisation of eastern Ukraine is clearly being instigated by Russia, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, and he called for further sanctions against Moscow.

“There can't really be any real doubt that this is something that has been planned and brought about by Russia,” Hague said as he arrived at a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the crisis.

“I don't think denials of Russian involvement have a shred of credibility.”

He added that events had all the hallmarks of Russia's actions to seize Crimea from Ukraine: “It has all the appearance of a further gross deliberate, premeditated violation of the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine.”

Hague said he would be arguing for the EU to take further measures to sanction Russia for its actions.

A so-called “third phase” of EU sanctions is expected to include restrictions on trade and finance with Russia, potentially with wide-reaching repercussions for the Russian and EU economies. - Reuters

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