The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Russia may still face sanctions

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Russia still faces the threat of economic sanctions which will “seriously hurt” it if Moscow orders a further interventi­on in Ukraine, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond warned amid hopes of a diplomatic breakthrou­gh in the crisis.

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian counterpar­t Sergey Lavrov were set to hold talks in Paris, building on discussion­s between their countries’ leaders about ways to resolve the dispute.

Mr Hammond said he hoped a diplomatic solution could be found but it was important to maintain pressure on Moscow following its use of “very crude” tactics against its neighbour.

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