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"The evolution of British policy on the Ukraine has just taken a significant step. William Hague, just back from Kiev, has addressed MPs in the Commons on the latest developments. He has also disavowed the policy paper accidentally revealed by one of the Prime Minister’s officials yesterday. Hugh Powell, a diplomat promoted by the Prime Minister to be one of his key foreign policy aides, fell for the now classic trick of allowing waiting photographers to snap a document he was holding. Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander referred repeatedly to the “blunder”, which appeared to show that Britain was concerned to do nothing that might annoy Russian investors in London. "UK should not support, for now, trade sanctions…or close London’s financial centre to Russians," the note said.
It’s appearance was "absolutely regrettable", Mr Hague said. “Anything that is written in one document being carried by one official is not necessarily any guide to the decisions that will be made by Her Majesty’s Government,” he said, or “as a guide to the views of the Foreign Secretary”.”
“In the Czech Republic, some ministers have voiced concerns about Russia’s participation in bidding for a $10bn contract to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant, although Bohuslav Sobotka, the new prime minister, does not want to tear up all economic ties.
“We cannot be expected to burn down all bridges and scrap all our trade relations with Russia over the [Crimean] crisis. Such a step would be very imprudent and I believe that no one expects us to take it,” Sobotka told reporters.
Russia has become an increasingly important economic presence in many CEE countries. Sberbank, a state-controlled bank, took over the CEE operations of Austria’s Volksbank in 2012. Russian companies are building nuclear reactors in Hungary.
Viktor Orban, that country’s premier, made a point of stressing that his country was not part of the conflict in Ukraine, but he has been attacked by the opposition, which wants the Russian deal scrapped.”
"We fully identify with the Union value system, but the West does not represent the only important economic region for us. We have the right to tell anyone in a justified situation that they have violated international law, but we can not forget our own national and state interests”, Fico declared.
"Russia has violated international law, but let us not pretend as if their market was suddenly not interesting for us. Currently, we export 250 thousand cars annually to Russia, a quarter of our automotive exports; and we receive from them our natural gas and oil, which are critically important for us”, Robert Fico reasoned.”
Vitam et sanguinem, sed avenam non.
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