Have told President Putin to ensure access to MH17 crash site: UK PM David Cameron

PM of United Kingdom said on Sunday that he had spoken to Russian President and had asked him to ensure access to MH17 crash site.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2014, 23:09 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With the world still to overcome the tragedy that struck Malaysia Airlines plane MH17, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said on Sunday that he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and had asked him to ensure access to crash site.

He also said that this was necessary so that the victims could have proper funerals.

Cameron posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “I`ve just spoken to President Putin. I made clear he must ensure access to the crash site so the victims can have proper funerals.”

Along with Britain, France and Germany too today warned Russia it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

Concerns have been mounting that the separatists are blocking access to key evidence and to the bodies of the passengers, scores of which were moved from the crash site to a train today.

The European Union has so far hit 72 Ukraine and Russian figures with travel bans and asset freezes over the crisis, but divisions over how far to go given some member states` close economic ties with Russia has left Brussels trailing Washington.

These individual sanctions are referred to as Phase 2 measures, and preparatory work has been done on next-level Phase 3 sanctions, which would target economic sectors.
But so far, EU leaders have only agreed to widen the scope of current Phase 2 sanctions, including punishing Russian firms, and the new list of targets is expected to be ready by the end of the month.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 298 people was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur as it was downed on Thursday between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk.

It is believed that flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a surface-to-air missile fired from the rebel-held area. All 298 people on board were killed.

With Agency inputs