Cameron warns of more sanctions on Russia

Cameron warns of more sanctions on Russia

Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:33AM GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the prospect of fresh European sanctions against Russia following the crash of a Malaysian plane in east Ukraine.

Cameron made the remarks on Saturday, saying that if it is confirmed that the Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from a position controlled by pro-Russians in east Ukraine, Moscow should be held accountable.

The Malaysian Airlines flight crashed on July 17 while travelling to Kuala Lumpur from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, killing all 298 people on board.

The British premier also said the West must fundamentally change its approach to Russia unless Moscow changes its stance on Ukraine. Cameron added that if no changes are made then “we must respond robustly.”

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry has stressed the provision of full access for international investigators to the crash site, which is under the control of the pro-Russia forces.

Kerry made the remark in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and expressed Washington’s concerns over reports that the debris at the site of the crash are being tampered with.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two countries have agreed that all evidence from the downed plane, including flight recorders should be put to an unbiased and independent international investigation.

Ukraine and its Western allies have laid the blame on pro-Russians in the east of the country, who have denied any involvement. Kiev has also pointed the finger at Moscow for helping pro-Russia forces destroy evidence at the crash site.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in televised comments that the government of the territory in which the tragedy had happened bears responsibility for it. The Russian president added that the incident would not have occurred if Kiev had not resumed its military operations against pro-Russia forces in the country’s east.

Ukraine launched military operations in eastern regions in mid-April to crush the pro-Russia protests there. Hundreds of people have been killed in the military campaign while tens of thousands were forced to escape to Russia.

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