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.
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.
Putin's decree recognising Crimea as a 'sovereign country' has triggered the toughest sanctions against Russia since the Cold War.
With over half of the votes counted, over 95% of people in Crimea have voted to become part of Russia, election officials have said.
At some point the West's warnings will have to become deeds, part of the problem is they don't know which Putin they're dealing with.