France warns of "targeted measures" on Russia if tensions persist

by Reuters
Monday, 3 March 2014 17:02 GMT

PARIS, March 3 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister warned Russia on Monday that if tensions did not ease in Ukraine's Crimea region, the European Union would consider "targeted measures" in response.

"If there is not in the coming hours a very quick de-escalation, then we will decide concrete measures such as the suspension of all talks on visas, suspension of economic agreements and concretely that means that ties will be cut on lot of subjects," Laurent Fabius told BFM TV.

"There could be targeted measures and that can also affect people, officials and their assets," he said, adding that EU leaders could hold a crisis meeting on the stand-off on Thursday.

"The general tone is that the Russians appear to have decided to go even further. Europe must be firm." (Reporting By John Irish; editing by Mark John)

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