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Hague: Russia faces 'serious long-term consequences'

Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia it has made a "grave miscalculation" if it believes it can permanently destabilise Ukraine "without serious long-term consequences."

"Russia needs to choice whether it is open to diplomacy and to de-escalation, and if it decides otherwise we must be ready for a different state of relations with Russia in the next 10 years than we have enjoyed in the last 20 years," he said at the Lord Mayor's Easter Banquet.

"We believe Ukraine can be a bridge between East and West and be able to have good relations with Russia, but that does not entitle Russia to send in armed groups thinly disguised to spearhead the occupation of buildings in multiple Ukrainian cities," Mr Hague added.

Hague: Russia in danger of making 'grave miscalculation'

The Foreign Secretary will warn Russia that it is in danger of making a "grave miscalculation" if it continues its destabilisation campaign against Ukraine.

William Hague will say in a keynote speech tonight that Moscow's actions over the coming days could determine the pattern of its relations with the West for the next decade.

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Speaking at The Lord Mayor's Easter Banquet tonight on #Ukraine, stark choices facing Russia and the response of western nations

"In recent days Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine to the brink, and created a still greater risk of violent confrontation," Mr Hague will say.

"We call on Russia to stop these actions and to condemn the lawless acts in eastern Ukraine."

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Hague: 'Gross, deliberate and premeditated violation'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stated that there is very little doubt that the issues in eastern Ukraine had been "planned by Russia" and that a third tier of far reaching economic measures are to be discussed.

Hague said the separatists were similar to those seen in the Crimea with those involved being "well armed, well trained, well equipped and well coordinated".

"It has all the appearances of a further gross, deliberate and premeditated violation of the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine. There has to be a clear international response."

Read more: Ukraine's deadline passes for separatists to disarm

Hague: 'No evidence of troops pulling back from border'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Nato has "not seen the evidence" of Russian forces pulling back from the Eastern border of Ukraine.

Nato foreign ministers have met in Brussels to discuss the Alliance’s response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

Hague is to continue discussions with Nato and foreign ministers on the situation in Crimea. Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hague also stated that Nato needed to give "reassurance and confidence to Eastern allies," with the UK already promising "fighter planes to the Baltic", among other measures.

Read more: Nato foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine response

Hague hails Bosnia's anti-rape military training plans

William Hague has hailed Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training.

Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the conference in Bosnia's Sarajevo.
Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the conference in Bosnia's Sarajevo. Credit: RTV

The Foreign Secretary told a conference in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo that rape is a "cheap" and "devastatingly effective way to terrorise and displace a population".

Read: Jolie and Hague visit Bosnia in anti-rape campaign

Jolie calls Bosnia's anti-rape military training 'inspiring'

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Bosnia's decision to include prevention of sexual violence in military training "inspiring" and "groundbreaking".

Speaking at a conference in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the UNHCR goodwill ambassador said the issue of war zone rape "has been a taboo subject in all countries".

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during a conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

"You are helping to break down those taboos and [are] redefining soldiering in the 21st Century," she told the audience.

"There can be no peace in conflict or post-conflict zones while women are raped with impunity," the actress added.

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Jolie and Hague meet Bosnia's presidency in Sarajevo

Actress Angelina Jolie, in her role as UNHCR goodwill ambassador, and Foreign Secretary William Hague met Bosnia's presidency to discuss the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

Angelina Jolie waves to the crowds with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Angelina Jolie waves to the crowds with Foreign Secretary William Hague in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie sits for a meeting in Bosnia.
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie sits for a meeting in Bosnia. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic
Angelina Jolie with and chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and William Hague.
Angelina Jolie with the chairman of the Bosnian presidency Bakir Izetbegovic and William Hague. Credit: AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic

Hague: 'Hard to revive the G8' after Russian escalation

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stated that the G8 group summit will be "hard to revive in the immediate future" after Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Hague continued by saying the planned meeting in Sochi is "not going to take place this year" and that the G7 leaders will hold a summit in Brussels instead.

Hague calls for military sales restrictions against Russia

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK and its allies should consider lasting restrictions on military cooperation with Russia following the "outrageous" annexation of Crimea.

Writing for the Telegraph, Mr Hague called on the allies to limit arms sales to the country and said Russia should be outside "some international organisations."

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