(Reuters) – The loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 must prove a catalyst for changing Russia’s approach and ending the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Friday in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News.
Russia has been attempting to destabilise a sovereign state, violate its territorial integrity and arm and train thuggish militias, he wrote, and the world has paid the price.
Cameron has been pushing the European Union to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia after the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, advocating an EU ban on future sales of military equipment to Moscow.
The 28-nation EU has been under pressure from the United States and Ukraine to take a harder line on Russia, but some EU governments are wary of potential retaliation from Moscow, the bloc’s biggest energy supplier.
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