LONDON, March 18 President Vladimir Putin has
chosen the path to Russia's isolation by moving to annex
Ukraine's Crimea region, British Foreign Secretary William Hague
said on Tuesday.
"It was regrettable to hear President Putin today choosing
the route of isolation, denying the citizens of his own country,
and of Crimea, partnership with the international community and
full membership of a range of international organisations,"
Hague said in a statement to parliament.
Hague also said there was grave danger that a provocation
elsewhere in Ukraine could be used as a pretext for a further
military escalation. He said that it was highly likely that
other G8 countries would now want to meet without Russia.