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Britain suspends military co-operation with Russia

Britain has suspended bilateral military co-operation with Russia that is not subject to treaty obligations, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

Hague said this included cancelling a planned French-Russian-UK-United States naval exercise and suspending a proposed Royal Navy ship visit to St Petersburg.

Hague also said Britain would be pushing for the strongest possible package of further sanctions against Russia that could be agreed among European leaders when the European Union council meets later this week.

Hague: Ukraine most serious test of European security

Foreign Secretary William Hague has told the Commons the crisis in Ukraine is the "most serious test of European security in the 21st century so far".

Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses MPs in the House of Commons. Credit: Pool

He added: "I pay tribute to extraordinary restraint shown by the Ukrainian government, its military forces and its people in the face of immense provocation."


Crimea poll a 'mockery of proper democratic practice'

Britain has rejected Crimea's referendum vote to breakaway from the Ukraine and join Russia, denouncing it as a "mockery of proper democratic practice".

Arriving in Brussels for talks tomorrow with EU foreign ministers, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Russia must now face "economic and political consequences" for its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He added:

Nothing in the way that the referendum has been conducted should convince anyone that it is a legitimate exercise.

The UK does not recognise the referendum or its outcome, in common with the majority of the international community.

Any attempt by the Russian Federation to use the referendum as an excuse to annex the Crimea, or to take further action on Ukrainian territory, would be unacceptable.

Hague: UK 'determined' to try end Syrian conflict

The UK government is to continue provide humanitarian aid to Syria, William Hague has said, on the third anniversary of the conflict. The Foreign Secretary joined Prime Minister David Cameron in saying the government would try to prevent further suffering in the country.


With diplomacy and humanitarian aid, UK determined to do all we can with our allies to try to end the #Syria conflict

Read: UK to 'continue to try prevent more suffering' in Syria

Leaders natter in front of Downing Street cameras

David Cameron and John Kerry enjoyed a bit of a natter earlier today as they posed with William Hague for the cameras to mark the US Secretary of State's visit to Downing Street before his crisis-talks with Russia's Sergei Lavrov.

After the traditional handshake welcome, the Prime Minister described having a "lovely time" in Israel's boisterous parliament, the Knesset, a few days ago.

Watch: Tom Bradby on the Israeli Parliament "which makes our own look like a child's playpen"

Mr Kerry responded that he looked forward to Mr Cameron's "download" on the key visit before joking with Mr Hague about them regularly crossing paths.

The group ended the staged sit-down by reiterating their commitment to taking action against Russia if a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis cannot be found.

Read: Kerry bids to 'resolve differences' with Lavrov in last-ditch talks

Russian stance makes progress 'formidably difficult'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Russia's unwillingness to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine has made it a "formidably difficult task" for a diplomatic solution to be reached.

Mr Hague said the US-Russia talks being held by John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov in London would work towards a "breakthrough", adding "every effort will be made to find a diplomatic way forward" over the next few hours in the capital.

But he added that it was "realistic" to prepare action should Sunday's internationally unsolicited referendum in Crimea go ahead with a meeting of EU foreign ministers set for Monday.


Hague: UK and US working closely together on Ukraine

The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said that UK and United States are working closely together to find solution to the crisis in Crimea.


Useful call with Secretary @johnkerry ahead of talks in London tomorrow. US-UK working closely together #Ukraine


US-Russia #Ukraine talks will take place in London tomorrow with UK support

Mr Hague has spoken to US Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of Mr Kerry's talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Read: 8,500 Russian troops involved in military exercise near Ukraine

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