The UK government is gravely concerned about the situation in Crimea and in the east of Ukraine, where armed groups seized government buildings in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk. There can be no justification for this action, which bears all the hallmarks of a Russian strategy to destabilise Ukraine. Russia should be clear that a deliberate and further escalation of the crisis will bring serious political and economic consequences. I commend the Ukrainian Government for their clear and determined response so far.
The European Council has asked the Commission to draw up far reaching sanctions in the event of further escalation by Russia. It is alarming that President Putin has already sought authority to send armed forces into any part of Ukraine. Russia should be clear that the UK will consider any armed Russian presence in eastern Ukraine as a further and deliberate escalation.
We will be assessing events in eastern Ukraine carefully over the coming days. The strength and unity of the EU is vital for upholding a rules-based international system, and the Prime Minister and I have stressed to European partners the need to accelerate measures that will reduce European dependence on Russian gas. We are also convening an urgent meeting of G7 energy Ministers to discuss energy security ahead of the G7 Summit in June.
Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking after answering questions on Ukraine in the House of Commons.
I condemn the fact that this referendum has taken place, in breach of the Ukrainian constitution and in defiance of calls by the international community for restraint.
Nothing in the way that the referendum has been conducted should convince anyone that it is a legitimate exercise.
The referendum has taken place at ten days’ notice, without a proper campaign or public debate, with the political leaders of the country being unable to visit Crimea, and in the presence of many thousands of troops from a foreign country. It is a mockery of proper democratic practice.
The UK does not recognise the referendum or its outcome, in common with the majority of the international community. At the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers tomorrow we believe measures must be adopted that send a strong signal to Russia that this challenge to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine will bring economic and political consequences.
Furthermore, 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.
I call on Russia to enter into dialogue with Ukraine and with the international community to resolve this crisis through diplomacy and in accordance with international law, not to exacerbate it further through unilateral and provocative actions.
Along with the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation, the British Embassy in Washington announced additional findings to the “TTIP and the 50 States” report, based on the potential economic impact of TTIP on key industrial sectors. These sectors include business services, personal services, machinery, motor vehicles, metals, chemicals, processed foods and transportation services.
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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a top priority for the UK. Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama spoke on TTIP earlier this year at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland about the benefits of this monumental deal and the importance of boosting trade.
Negotiations for an EU-US trade deal launched in Washington in July. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers a once in a generation opportunity - it has the potential to be the largest bilateral trade deal ever agreed. An ambitious deal stands to bring £100 billion a year to the EU and £80 billion to the US.
President Obama is right when he says tackling climate change is a moral obligation and also right when he says cutting carbon pollution will help spark business innovation and create jobs.
I welcome his Climate Action Plan. It’s a decisive step by the world’s second largest emitter and demonstrates the growing global momentum toward tackling the threat of dangerous climate change.
The UK will work closely with the US on energy efficiency and low carbon technologies, and on securing ambitious global action on climate finance and emission reduction.
We will also keep up the pressure elsewhere, including in Europe. The EU should adopt a 50% emissions reduction target by 2030 in order to help secure a global deal in 2015.
Edward Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, welcomes US President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan