Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ukraine biggest 21st century Europe crisis: Hague

03 March 2014, 16:28

London - The unrest in Ukraine is "the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century", British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, as he warned Russia to back down in Crimea.

"It's difficult to rank these things but it's certainly the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century and it will require all our diplomatic efforts," Hague told BBC radio from Kiev, where he is meeting the interim Ukrainian government.

The British foreign minister urged Russia to pull back its forces in Crimea or face "significant costs".

Referring to the decision by Britain and other allies to pull out of preparatory talks on the G8 summit in Sochi this week, Hague said: "There are diplomatic measures which we have started on already.

"There are a range of other significant costs. I don't want to anticipate at the moment what those will be, those will be discussed among my fellow EU foreign ministers today. They are also for discussion with the United States, Japan, Canada, other nations.

"But be in no doubt that there would be such costs. The world cannot just allow this to happen. The world cannot say it's OK in effect to violate the sovereignty of another nation in this way."

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday that Russia risked losing its seat among the prestigious Group of Eight nations, although Hague did not go that far.

"What we will do in subsequent weeks depends on Russia's behaviour. Clearly that means there is a serious threat to G8 co-operation over the coming weeks and months," Hague said.

"The G7 countries are entirely capable of co-operating well among themselves without Russia and they will increasingly move in that direction if these matters cannot be resolved."

Explaining what Western powers wanted Moscow to do, Hague said Russia was entitled to have forces in Crimea.

"But when they are outside their bases they are meant to operate with the agreement of the Ukrainian authorities. Russia needs to return to that situation," he said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...