PM To Warn Putin As G7 Meets Without Russia

David Cameron will meet Vladimir Putin today and warn him to end Russia’s “unacceptable interference” in Ukraine, or face international isolation.

The Prime Minister will hold face-to-face talks with the Russian leader in Paris ahead of tomorrow’s 70th D-Day anniversary commemorations.

Last night, at a hastily-arranged summit in Brussels, G7 group leaderswarned that they stood ready toimpose damaging economic sanctions on Russia.

These would come on top of the asset freezes and travel bans already in place.

“We are united in condemning the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” they said in a jointcommunique.

“We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to implement significant additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require.”

The G7 leaders had effectively expelled Russia from their annual gathering, which Mr Putin had been due to to host in Sochi, following its annexation ofCrimea.

With talks continuing today in Brussels, Mr Cameron said that it was essential that they presented a united front in the face of continuing violence by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

“The G7 should send a clear message of support to Ukraine and a united message to President Putin that he needs to engage with the Ukrainian government to finda diplomatic solution to the crisis,” he said.

“That’s what I’ll be saying to President Putin myself. This is the first summit without Russia since the 1990s. And until they change course, they need to understand that they will face continuing isolation and no seat at the table.”

Mr Putin is expected to hear a similar message from other European leaders attending the D-Day commemorations in France.

However, US president Barack Obama has made clear that he is not prepared to meet him.

In their communique, the G7 leaders also condemned Syrian president BasharAssad’s “sham” elections while deploring the use of the veto by Russia andChina in the United Nations Security Council to block a referral to the International Criminal Court.

5 June 2014 | 6:12 am – Source:

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