Military escalation won't solve Ukraine crisis: Putin

MINSK – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the crisis in Ukraine could not be solved by a further military escalation or without dialogue with representatives of the country's Russian-speaking eastern regions.

He also said that the Russian economy could suffer a loss of some 100 billion roubles if European goods reach the Russian market via Ukraine after Kiev signed a trade pact with European Union.

He said that Moscow would retaliate with trade measures if that were to happen. He said that Belarus and Kazakhstan, Moscow's partners in a customs union, would also be affected.

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