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Ukraine crisis: Russia warns US against 'hasty' actions

Published on Mar 8, 2014 4:44 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned US Secretary of State John Kerry against Washington taking "hasty" action or imposing sanctions over Ukraine, in what has escalated into the biggest East-West crisis since the Cold War.

In a telephone call, the two men followed up on their talks in Paris and Rome that had failed to lead to an agreement on how to resolve the situation in Ukraine, where Russian troops have taken effective control of Crimea.

The two diplomatic chiefs "agreed to continue looking at the problems of the sharp political crisis that has seized this country," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

"Lavrov warned against hasty and unthought-through steps capable of causing harm to Russian-US relations, especially sanctions that will inevitably have a boomerang effect against the US itself," it added.

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