EU threatens Russia with tougher sanctions after MH17 disaster

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EU Foreign Affairs ministers urged Russia on Wednesday to “stop the increasing flow of weapons” across the border to eastern Ukraine or face tougher sanctions.

The threat came after a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists last Thursday. 298 people – 193 of them Dutch – died in the crash.

“We call on Russia to use its influence over the illegally armed groups to achieve access to the site and we urge Russia to stop the increasing flow of weapons, equipment and militants across the border so we can achieve rapid and tangible de-escalation. We ask it to withdraw its additional troops from the border area.” said EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton.

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