Who are we led by?

David Cameron and his new Foreign secretary Philip Hammond are urging more sanctions against Russia in the wake of the MH17 tragedy.

This is a direct result of Russia destabilising a sovereign state, violating its territorial integrity, backing thuggish militias and training and arming them.

We must turn this moment of outrage into a moment of action

Others seem more anxious to make this a problem to be managed and contained, not a challenge to me (sic) met and mastered.

If President Vladimir Putin does not change his approach to Ukraine then Europe and the West must fundamentally change our approach to Russia. This is not about military action, plainly. But it is time to make our power, influence and resources count.

(Express)

David Cameron

Some of our European allies have been less enthusiastic, and I hope that the shock of this incident will see them now more engaged, more willing to take the actions which are necessary to bring home to the Russians that when you do this kind of thing it has consequences

(Express)

Philip Hammond

Strikingly neither of these two world leaders seem to see any need to wait for evidence, an investigation, an inquiry. As for backing “thuggish militias” David Cameron must have been sleep walking when he and his then Foreign Secretary were urging on the protesters in Maidan Square back in February as they threw volleys of petrol bombs at unarmed policemen defending an elected Presidency. What is Russia supposed to do? They tirelessly promote a negotiated settlement in the Ukrainian conflict. They’ve publicly called for an international investigation into this tragic air disaster. What we could really do with from Western democratic

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