French foreign minister says Russia sanctions could come this week

by Reuters
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:23 GMT

PARIS, March 11 (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine could be imposed as early as this week if Moscow fails to respond to a proposition designed to calm the crisis.

Fabius told the radio station France Inter that a referendum in the Crimea region on joining Russia set for March 16 was illegitimate and that the annexation of the region by Russia would be illegal.

"The only legitimate vote is that of May 25 for the president of the republic in Ukraine. The vote of March 16 has no legitimacy," Fabius said. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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