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British PM raises prospect of more Russia sanctions

Published on Jul 20, 2014 7:17 AM
 
Britain Prime minister David Cameron leaves late on July 17, 2014 after a special meeting of the European Council to discuss further appointments of the bloc's top jobs. British Prime Minister David Cameron raised the prospect on Saturday of fresh EU sanctions against Russia over the Malaysian plane crash, saying the West must "fundamentally change our approach" unless Moscow alters course in Ukraine. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron raised the prospect on Saturday of fresh EU sanctions against Russia over the Malaysian plane crash, saying the West must "fundamentally change our approach" unless Moscow alters course in Ukraine.

"Russia can use this moment to find a path out of this festering, dangerous crisis. I hope it will do so. But if that does not happen then we must respond robustly," he wrote in an article in the Sunday Times.

Mr Cameron said that if it was confirmed that Flight MH17 was downed by a surface-to-air missile fired from an area held by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, then Moscow should be held accountable.

"If it is the case, then we must be clear what it means: this is a direct result of Russia destabilising a sovereign state, violating its territorial integrity, backing thuggish militias, and training and arming them," Mr Cameron wrote.

 
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