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U.S. Calls Any Threat to Ukraine Navy 'Dangerous'

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The Obama administration says any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be a "dangerous escalation" of an extremely tense situation.
 
The State Department says Monday Washington would hold Moscow directly accountable for such an escalation but did not elaborate on potential consequences. But department spokeswoman Jen Psaki adds that she could not confirm if Russia had in fact made such threats.
 
Earlier Monday, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Russia had issued an ultimatum to the crews of two Ukrainian warships in Crimea, demanding that they immediately surrender or be stormed and seized.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry is leaving for Ukraine late Monday and then will travel to France and Italy. He had planned to see his Russian counterpart in Paris, but Psaki said that meeting was no longer certain. 

Meanwhile, the European Union is threatening to freeze visa liberalization and economic cooperation talks and boycott the G8 summit in Russia's Sochi if Moscow does not deescalate the crisis in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula by Thursday. 
 
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the EU would give Russia until an emergency summit of EU leaders is held on Thursday to show clear signs of goodwill, including a willingness to open talks and a withdrawal of Russian troops to their barracks in the Crimea. 
 
If not, Fabius said the EU would start implementing punitive measures.  
 
EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy called the emergency summit late Monday after the foreign ministers ended their talks.   (AP)

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