26 Jul '14, 3pm

Europe Struggles To Unify Its Response to Russia

Europe Struggles To Unify Its Response to Russia

PARIS — Europe will harden its line against Moscow after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but sniping between Britain and France shows that the road to political consensus will be long and hard, analysts said. The 28 European Union foreign ministers agreed July 22 to stiffen sanctions unless Russian President Vladimir Putin moves toward settling the Ukraine crisis. Ministers have yet to detail the fresh sanctions, which include banning new arms sales and adding 15 people and 18 companies and organizations to the sanctions list. Current arms contracts, including delivery of a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Moscow, will be exempt. The previous day, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said it would have been “unthinkable” for Britain to proceed with the €1.2 billion (US $1.6 billion) ship deal inked in 2011, while French President François Hollande said the first...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140726/DEFREG01/3072...

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