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Ukraine crisis: This is only the beginning of a serious confrontation with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to recognise two separatist republics blows wide apart the effort to implement the so-called Minsk accords. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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LONDON -  Germany has decided to block the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia in retaliation against President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the “independence” of two self-proclaimed rebel enclaves in Ukraine.

Condemning Mr Putin’s move as a “unilateral, incomprehensible and unjust action,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claimed that the action violated the “fundamental principles” that have underpinned the global order.

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