EU warns Rus­sia af­ter MH17 crash

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EU for­eign min­is­ters gave Rus­sia a few days to stop arm­ing Ukrainian rebels, be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for the down­ing of the Malaysia Air­lines plane, or face sanc­tions on its fi­nan­cial, high-tech and de­fence in­dus­tries.

The min­is­ters, meet­ing in Brussels on Tues­day, also de­cided to add more names and com­pa­nies to an ex­ist­ing black­list, which are to be agreed by the end of July.

The EU de­mands say Rus­sia must stop the flow of weapons to east­ern Ukraine, with­draw its “additional troops” from the Ukrainian bor­der, use its in­flu­ence on pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists to grant in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors full ac­cess to the crash site of flight MH17, and fully co-op­er­ate with the probe.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ters’ con­clu­sions, “re­mains ready to in­tro­duce with­out de­lay a pack­age of fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant re­stric­tive mea­sures, if full and and im­me­di­ate co-oper­a­tion on the above men­tioned de­mands fails to ma­te­ri­alise.”

The ex­act pro­pos­als are to be tabled at a meet­ing of EU am­bas­sadors in Brussels on Thurs­day.

Speak­ing on his way out of Tues­day’s meet­ing, Dutch for­eign min­is­ter Frans Tim­mer­mans said that “this [the new EU threat] is a log­i­cal con­se­quence ... of the lack of progress that we have seen on the Rus­sian side” since a pre­vi­ous ul­ti­ma­tum ran out at the end of June.

The Nether­lands has been hit the hard­est by the crash, as 193 out of the 298 vic­tims of flight MH17 were Dutch cit­i­zens. Tim­mer­mans said he was happy for the sol­i­dar­ity ex­pressed by his col­leagues and that the “de­ci­sion was reached unan­i­mously.”

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