David Cameron lost patience with Vladimir Putin’s “bluster and obfuscation” on Monday night and called on Europe to impose “hard-hitting sanctions” on Russia after the downing of Flight MH17. In his strongest intervention since the disaster, which killed 298 people, the Prime Minister invoked the spectre of the Second World War and compared Russia’s aggression to that of Nazi Germany. He said Russia was facing a “defining moment” in its history and expressed his frustration with European Union countries, including France and Germany, which have failed to back his calls for the toughest possible sanctions against Moscow. Calling on European countries to halt all arms sales to Russia, Mr Cameron singled out France and said it should be “unthinkable” for it to fulfil an order for Mistral warships from Mr Putin’s military commanders. Mr Cameron is calling for an array of tough sanctions, including restrictions on Russian banks and airlines and asset freezes on the “oligarchs and cronies” who support Mr Putin. Full story >>
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