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European Union warns Russia not to deepen crisis in Ukraine

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - 4:14pm IST | Agency: Reuters

The European Union called on Russia on Wednesday to avoid worsening the crisis in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

The EU also said it wants to continue negotiations on a free-trade deal with Japan, which officials see as crucial for economic growth.

"We call on Russia to refrain from any steps to further destabilise Ukraine, instead to engage in a diplomatic resolution of the crisis," European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following a summit in Brussels.

"Further steps in destabilising Ukraine will call for additional sanctions," Van Rompuy said.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Adrian Croft)

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