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Poland, France, Germany warn Russia against further aggression

Poland, France and Germany condemned Russia Tuesday and called for additional economic sanctions if incursions into Ukraine continue.

By Ed Adamczyk
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Ukrainian soldier sits in a tank during a military exercise near Goncharovsk village of the Chernigov area in Ukraine on March 14, 2014. Russian troops have gathered near the Ukraine border for exercises as the standoff continues over Crimea. UPI/Sergey Starostenko | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/02506718959379f09d00d53f6fff1e70/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Ukrainian soldier sits in a tank during a military exercise near Goncharovsk village of the Chernigov area in Ukraine on March 14, 2014. Russian troops have gathered near the Ukraine border for exercises as the standoff continues over Crimea. UPI/Sergey Starostenko | License Photo

Poland, France and Germany condemned Russia Tuesday and called for additional economic sanctions if incursions into Ukraine continue.

Foreign ministers of the three countries of the Weimar Triangle, an informal alliance begun in 1991, met with other NATO representatives in Brussels Tuesday.

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"We will not accept a policy that divides and splits Ukraine, or that seeks to transpose the action taken in Crimea to other parts of Ukraine or other Eastern European partner countries," a statement by the three foreign ministers said.

The statement by Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France's Laurent Fabius and Poland's Radosław Sikorski added that "if Russia were to pursue this course, we would support taking new strong action, including in the economic field."

Prior to the release of the statement, a NATO committee drafted plans to increase military cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, each a former member of the Soviet Union, the Polish news website Thenews.pl reported.

[thenews.pl]

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