British Prime Minister &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/365/15623_Blair.html' target=_blank>Tony Blair's his government suffered an unexpected defeat Tuesday over plans to introduce a law aimed at combating religious hatred, that critics said curbed freedom of speech.
Lawmakers voted to reject proposals that would make it a criminal offense to incite religious hatred through threatening words or actions, defeating the government in two separate votes, first by 288 to 278 and in a second vote by 283 votes to 282.
Blair did not take part in the second vote _ which his government lost by one vote. He had voted during the earlier vote on the issue Tuesday night.
The United States does not recognize the entry of Ukrainian territories into Russia. Such a development will seriously complicate prospects for a diplomatic settlement