“The tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 must prove a catalyst for changing Russia’s approach and ending the conflict in Ukraine,” he said. “The context for this tragedy is clear. Russia has been attempting to destabilize a sovereign state, violate its territorial integrity.”
“Of course, such sanctions are not pain-free” as “Russia does a great deal of business with Europe, something that benefits us all,” he said. “Russian investors make a significant contribution to our economies and Russian gas is an important source of energy for many, especially those who do not have significant supplies of nuclear power. So hurting Russia economically will carry some pain for our own economies too.” But “serious economic measures are the only language that Russia will understand”, said Cameron.