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It is right to keep pressure on Russia

Reassuringly, Western democratic leaders appeared to be united this time in
showing a strong front of displeasure to Vladimir Putin. There is a general
reluctance to believe anything he says. David Cameron, who had a tense
meeting with the Russian leader, said that although he takes people “as I
find them”, in this instance “we haven’t seen his actions follow up the
statements that he’s given on previous occasions”. Mr Cameron went so far as
to draw a comparison between Russia’s behaviour and that of Germany in the
Thirties. This tough approach was seconded by Australia’s prime minister,
Tony Abbott, who threatened to “shirt front” Mr Putin – a kind of physical
confrontation. And Canada’s Stephen Harper told him: “I guess I’ll shake
your hand, but I’ll only have one thing to say to you – get out of Ukraine.”

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