A ‘secret’ document photographed by the press outside Number 10 Downing Street, the residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has revealed that the UK Government will not yet be imposing sanctions on Russia following Putin’s actions in Ukraine.
The Guardian reports:
The document will further undermine the British and Western positions in threatening Russia with economic sanctions as a result of what seems to be an impending annexation of Crimea.
Earlier today, the G7 issued a statement to Russia, claiming that its actions were incompatible with membership of the G8 group. The group said: “We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”
Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “…we shall have to bring to bear diplomatic, political, economic and other pressures in order to make this point. That is the very clear message the whole world needs to send to the Russian government.”
The leaking of the document will undermine Cameron’s message, and possibly even embolden Vladimir Putin as Britain is revealed to value its financial services sector over the allegedly immoral moves by Russia in Crimea.