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PM urges EU sanctions on Russia

PM urges EU sanctions on Russia

The Prime Minister, President Obama and other European leaders have called on the European Union to agree to economic sanctions against Russia.

The news comes after Downing Street said sanctions on financial services, defence and “hi-tech energy” could be imposed within two days of a meeting of EU ambassadors tomorrow.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte joined David Cameron's calls for economic sanctions on Russia in relation to their response to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash.

“There will be further discussion by officials today ahead of that meeting of ambassadors tomorrow,” the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said this morning.

“...[We] are certainly pushing for ambassadors to agree this. Our focus is on securing agreement tomorrow so that these measures can come into force as swiftly as possible."

Downing Street added that there would be “some pain to be felt here in the UK” from the new sanctions, but argued there needed to be an intensification of pressure after the shooting down of MH17.

"There will be the possibility of some pain to be felt here in the UK in terms of these measures but you have to look much more broadly at the wider crisis and the fact that you've had a passenger airline shot out of the sky with 298 people losing their lives."

The United Nations’ human rights chief said today that the attack on the airliner, which left 298 people dead, could amount to a war crime.

Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, demanded an “independent and impartial investigation”.

“This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime,” she said.

International experts are yet to reach the crash site, due to security concerns in the area under the control of pro-Russian separatists.

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