Key Russians face asset freeze - Cameron
Published 10/03/2014 | 22:19
International powers are to meet in London tomorrow to work on drawing up a list of Russian figures who could face asset freezes and travel bans if Moscow fails to de-escalate the current crisis over Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs.
In a statement to the House of Commons on last week's emergency European summit on the Ukraine crisis, Mr Cameron acknowledged that sanctions against Russia could have consequences for the UK and its European Union partners.
But he warned: "Britain's own security and prosperity would be at risk if we allow a situation where countries can just flout international rules without incurring consequences."
The Prime Minister met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hanover last night to discuss the ongoing crisis, which has seen troops loyal to Moscow occupying the Crimean peninsula after a revolution ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych from power.
Mr Cameron and Mrs Merkel issued a warning to Russia of "further consequences" if Moscow attempts to legitimise any attempt by Crimea to break away from Ukraine following a referendum scheduled for March 16.
The Prime Minister and German Chancellor restated their view that the proposed vote on whether the southern Ukrainian peninsula should join the Russian Federation would be illegal.