FILE - In this Saturday, March 8, 2014 file photo, an elderly woman watches a group of Cossacks march past a statue of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in Simferopol, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia Thursday of "massive" long-term damage to its economic and political interests if it continued to violate international law with its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.Merkel said that in a year in which Europe is marking both the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia must learn from the mistakes of the past.Merkel is widely seen as the EU's most influential figure in the Crimea crisis but has been accused of reluctance to bring real pressure to bear against Russia due to Germany's close trade ties with the country.
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