US, European leaders warn Russia not to annex strategic Ukraine peninsula after Crimea vote

  • by: LARA JAKES , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 13, 2014 - 7:10 PM

WASHINGTON — In a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Thursday that it faces immediate and "very serious" sanctions if it annexes Ukraine's strategic Crimea region.

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