EU debates tougher sanctions for Russia

The Foreign Ministers of the European Union, in addition to debating the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, have been considering taking a stronger stance on the deteriorating diplomatic relations with Russia. The debate has mostly been over imposing punitive measures such as sanctions versus ensuring that an independent search of the crash site is undertaken and determining what Russia’s role was in the missile strike.

Germany is attempting to maintain some level of communication between Russian President Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who are both arguing for harder lines. French plans to sell helicopter gunships to Russia has been highlighted as a deal to be put on hold by the US and Britain. President Francois Hollande brushed aside criticism of the deal, saying that the deal made last year is not covered by current sanctions against Russia, and that the contract should be honored.

Obama and Cameron have been the strongest denouncers of Russia and Ukrainian separatists, advocating harsher sanctions and making strongly worded statements against the incidents. “If Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and back these separatists, then it will only further isolate itself from the international community and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase,” Obama said on Monday.

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