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EU considers further sanctions against Russia

Demonstrators gathered outside the Russian embassy in Kuala Lampur demanding justice

(Reuters)

European Union foreign ministers are meeting to consider further sanctions against Russia because of the downing of the Malaysian jetliner, with Britain and some other countries demanding much tougher measures.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed ``terrorists supplied by Moscow'' for the airliner's destruction and the deaths of all 298 people aboard, and said he hoped the Tuesday meeting will approve beefed-up sanctions against Russia. He called for an arms embargo _ a direct challenge to France, which is building two warships for the Russian navy.

So far, EU sanctions against Russia and its supporters in Ukraine have been relatively mild, though the EU was moving to broaden them before the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday the disaster has drastically changed the situation.

Meantime, protesters marched on the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, waving placards and demanding justice for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine last week.

About 100 demonstrators chanted ``we want justice'' and demanded that authorities catch whoever was responsible for downing the passenger jet in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Western countries have accused the rebels, possibly with help from Russia, of shooting down the plane, and the United Nations Security Council unanimously backed an Australian-drafted resolution on Monday demanding that the pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site refrain from compromising evidence.

The rally was organized by the youth wing of UMNO, Malaysia's largest political part.

A Russian Embassy official said that staff members had been ordered to stay inside the embassy compound. She did not want to give her name as she was not authorized to speak to the media.<

Earlier Tuesday, the Russian ambassador, Lyudmila Vorobyeva, reiterated that Russia had nothing to do with the plane crash and pointed the finger at Ukraine.

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  1. Frankie posted on 07/22/2014 09:35 AM
    So long as Europe is reliant on Russia for energy their sanctions will be weak and ineffective. Putin will keep doing what he's doing until he faces serious repercussions.
    1. Jerry posted on 07/24/2014 11:24 AM
      @Frankie Frankie, you are right on. Russia supplies Europe with the blood that the EU uses to survive. The EU is nothing more than a dysfunctional group of nations all interested in protecting themselves. Putin knows this full well and takes advantage. Putin of course had Obama pegged a long time ago. An inept leader.
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