LONDON, July 19 British Prime Minister David
Cameron said on Saturday that if it were proven that Ukrainian
separatists were behind the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying
298 passengers, Russia would be to blame for having destabilised
"If this is the case then we must be clear what it means:
this is a direct result of Russia destabilising a sovereign
state, violating its territorial integrity, backing thuggish
militias and training and arming them," he wrote in The Sunday
Cameron also appeared to criticise fellow members of the
European Union for being slow to act against the Kremlin.
"For too long there has been a reluctance on the part of too
many European countries to face up to the implications of what
is happening in eastern Ukraine," he wrote.
"It is time to make our power, influence and resources
count. Our economies are strong and growing in strength.
"And yet we sometimes behave as if we need Russia more than
Russia needs us."
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Eric Beech)