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Former UK Foreign Secretary says West's sanctions on Putin's Russia are 'pathetic'

Former UK Foreign Secretary says West's sanctions on Putin's Russia are 'pathetic'

(Reuters) – Western sanctions on Russia for its attempts to annex the Ukrainian region of Crimea have so far been pathetic and European leaders must get tougher on Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, a senior British lawmaker said on Tuesday.

The United States and the European Union have placed sanctions on some Russians and Ukrainians in response to a referendum in the Crimea region which Putin is signalling he will add to Russia.

“All that the international community has done so far is implement visa sanctions and asset freezes on 22 or 23 individuals – that is a pathetic response,” Malcolm Rifkind, who chairs the British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, told the BBC.

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