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EU head calls ukraine vote 'illegal', warns Russia

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (L) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy give a press conference on May 7, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels following the 22nd summit meeting between the European Union and Japan. (AFP PHOTO GEORGES GOBET)

KIEV: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Monday denounced a disputed separatist vote in southeastern ukraine as illegal and said Brussels was ready to take "far-reaching" steps against Russia if it failed to de-escalate the crisis.

"We do not recognise the so-called referendums of yesterday. They are illegal, illegitimate and not credible," Van Rompuy told reporters in Kiev, adding that the European Union was prepared to take "additional, far-reaching" steps "in a broad range of areas" if Russia failed to help resolve the conflict.

 

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