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Russia could face further sanctions if it fails to defuse tensions in Ukraine

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWith Moscow failing to act to moderate tensions in Ukraine, Russia risks facing further sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned.

In a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry voiced «deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps». Russia, however, blames Kyiv’s leaders for the collapse of last week’s Geneva accord.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s acting President has ordered the relaunch of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country.

The announcement came as President Oleksandr Turchynov state two men – including local politician Vladimir Rybak – had been found dead after being «brutally tortured», BBC reports.

«The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,» he told.

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  1. michael walsh journalist says:

    The threat to the Baltic States comes not from modern Russia but from NATO West’s expansionism, interference, sanctimonious posturing, sanctions and threats.
    If the West keeps provoking modern Russia, urged on by out of touch EU politicians, there will be a reaction. Such is the Baltic States dependency upon Russia urging sanctions really is a classic example of biting the hand that feeds it.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Georgia invasion NATO’s fault too? Chechenya NATO’s fault too?

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  3. mike walsh says:

    In fact, the Russian response to Georgian aggression (check your facts) was to curb the cocky ambitions of its then president. Saakashvili would never have dared to prod the Russian bear had he not been encouraged by NATO. As a matter of fact, Baltic politicians, especially Lithuania’s, are making the same mistake as Saakashvili. One can only hope they don’t pay a similar price and find themselves to be an unwelcome exile in the U.S.

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