Former Ambassador to Moscow warns of Russian fears

Moscow's quick acceptance of the Crimea as an independent sovereign state is about "Russia's fears that the West is systematically encircling and diminishing it," Britain's former Ambassador to Moscow told Daybreak.

Sir Tony Brenton said Ukraine was "a very important domino" for Russia and Putin would do everything he could to prevent it from falling.

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Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told his parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is set to be moving forward with annexing Crimea into Russia.