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UK and US 'using every diplomatic opportunity' to bring Ukraine and Russia to the table

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UK and US 'using every diplomatic opportunity' to bring Ukraine and Russia to the table

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The foreign ministers of the US, UK and Ukraine have met in Paris to discuss the crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea region. According to the US, Russia’s top diplomat refused to attend.

British Foreign Minister William Hague said they were continuing their efforts to bring the two countries together: “Today we are trying to use every diplomatic opportunity to bring Russia and Ukraine into direct contact with each other at a senior level, to make sure that the governments of Russia and Ukraine are talking to each other, which the Russian have not been prepared to do at a senior level in the recent days.”

Hague continued: “Of course it’s right to try every diplomatic opportunity to de-escalate this crisis. If we can’t make progress on that, of course, there will be costs and consequences. As I’ve said before and as Prime Minister (Cameron) and President Obama have said, for Russia – there has to be for such a violation of the independence and sovereignty of another nation.”