Strong concerns were raised around the lack of progress being made to secure access to the crash site to recover and repatriate the victims. Earlier Philip Hammond, the new UK foreign secretary, said to the Guardian that Russia was at risk of being seen as a “pariah state” because of the role it was playing in relation to MH17. What we need is full Russian cooperation.
Any evidence they control needs to be turned over to the international investigators. They must use their influence to allow international access to the site, and to secure the evidence and to secure respect for the bodies and the possessions of the victims.
(It is completely unacceptable that the Russian government blocked further pressure from the UNSC on this very issue, claiming that there is no issue around access. President Putin should use his influence to ensure that separatists allow immediate and unhindered access as quickly as possible and that the victims are treated with dignity and respect. UK Statement)
Russians will have probably more information about this incident than anyone. They cannot deny their responsibility. Russia should cooperate fully with the investigation in relation to MH17, that is not happening at this stage.
EU to rethink Russian relations in wake of MH17 tragedy ahead Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, to put pressure on Russia through further sanctions:
Britain, Germany and France have agreed that the European Union must “reconsider its approach to Russia” in the light of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Downing Street has said.
A spokesman for David Cameron said the prime minister agreed the need for a more robust stance towards Moscow in separate conversations on Sunday morning with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and François Hollande, the French president.
Cameron is scheduled to speak to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, on Sunday evening, and he is expected to make a statement on the crisis in the House of Commons on Monday.
After the conversations with Merkel and Hollande, a spokesman for Cameron said: “All three leaders agreed that the immediate priority is to secure access to the crash site and to ensure that specialist teams are able to recover the victims and return them home.