UK document says ‘no support’ for sanctions, isolation of Russia

UK document says ‘no support’ for sanctions, isolation of Russia

[Ed. – This’ll help.]

The Guardian reports:

“The picture of the document was taken by the freelance photographer Steve Back, who specialises in spotting secret documents carried openly by officials entering Downing Street. The document was in the hands of an unnamed official attending a meeting of the national security council called by the prime minister to discuss the Ukrainian crisis.”

The document will further undermine the British and Western positions in threatening Russia with economic sanctions as a result of what seems to be an impending annexation of Crimea.

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[T]he document taken into 10 Downing Street earlier today said Britain should:

• “Not support, for now, trade sanctions … or close London’s financial centre to Russians.”

• “Discourage any discussions (eg at Nato) of contingency military preparations”.

• Embark on “contingency EU work on providing Ukraine with alternative gas [supplies] if Russia cuts them off”.

• Draw up a technical assistance package for Ukraine “ideally jointly with Germany”. …

Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “…we shall have to bring to bear diplomatic, political, economic and other pressures in order to make this point. That is the very clear message the whole world needs to send to the Russian government.”

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