Britain, Netherlands say EU will need to reconsider approach to Russia due to plane disaster

LONDON, July 19 Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:49am EDT

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Britain and the Netherlands agreed on Saturday that the European Union will have to re-evaluate its approach to Russia due to evidence that Ukrainian separatists downed a Malaysian aircraft.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, discussed the matter over the phone on Saturday afternoon, the office of the British Prime Minister said in a statement.

"The PM and PM Rutte agreed that the EU will need to reconsider its approach to Russia in light of evidence that pro-Russian separatists brought down the plane," it said.

Earlier, Britain's Foreign Secretary said Russia must use its influence over Ukrainian separatists to improve access to the site of the downed Malaysian aircraft, and that it had called in the country's ambassador over the disaster. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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KhanneaSuntzu wrote:
Unless evidence emerges that US special forced snuck in, used a CIA sponsored anti-aircraft battery, and are using this downed aircraft as a pretext to get us all in to an alliance against Russia.

Get me correctly, I don’t think Putinista Russia is a hair better than the US, but chances are a horrible game is being played here.

Jul 20, 2014 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
whatawino wrote:
Reconsider? Are you kidding me?

How much is each life worth? Royal Dutch Shell! Stop all your activities in Russia, never mind sanctions. Stop completely. The CEO should have already pulled the plug, otherwise he is saying money means more than the lives of his countrymen. Disable your assets, stop production. Show the victim’s families, your brothers and sisters, that you care and mourn with them. If you don’t you should be BOYCOTTED

Jul 20, 2014 3:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dochi1958 wrote:
lots of sound and fury signifying nothing. Not when there’s money and gas to be had. People are expendable. The EU and US should just shut up as they will do nothing.

Jul 20, 2014 4:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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