Cameron vs. Putin @G20, Brisbane

David Cameron met with Vladmir Putin at the G20 summit.
The British PM laid out in stark terms the choices Putin faces in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian president did not respond favorably, however, and announced he was leaving the summit early to get back to work and get „4-5 hours sleep“.
Putin claimed there were no other considerations.

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David Cameron Warns Vladimir Putin Over Ukraine

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David Cameron press conference G20, Brisbane

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Auszug:

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Question:

„James Landau of BBC, I’ll tell you anyway. The G20 has a tradition of overpromising and under-delivering. How meaningful is this new growth target?

And on Ukraine, do you believe the pressure that’s been put on President Putin this weekend will actually change his strategy in Ukraine or will he just be more determined to defy the lot of you?“

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Prime Minister

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„…On Ukraine:
In terms of Ukraine, what I would say is, look, I think this is going to be a test of the stamina and a test of the political will of United States and the countries of the European Union. I think we will meet that test. I think we have done so far. I think people have been surprised that the European Union and the United States of America have moved in tandem to say that what happened in Crimea, that what’s happening in Ukraine is unacceptable, and then to take step-by-step sanctions and other measures in order to demonstrate just how unacceptable in the 21st century this sort of bullying by a big country of a smaller country on the continent of Europe to show how unacceptable this is and we must stick at it.

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Now, will it take time in order to make sure that we get the outcome that we need? Yes, I’m sure that it will but I think President Putin can see that he is at a crossroads. If he continues to destabilise Ukraine, there’ll be further sanctions, further measures and there will be a completely different relationship between European countries and America on the one hand, and Russia on the other. But he also knows there is a different path that he could take. He could recognise, as he put it to me last night, that Ukraine is a single political space and recognise that that single political space should be respected and should have the ability to make its owns decisions about its own future. And if he takes that path, then we can see sanctions eased, we can see a proper relationship between Britain and Europe on the one hand and Russia on the other and we could have an altogether better future. But I think what has been good about this G20 is a very clear message has been delivered by the countries of the European Union and America to Russia about how we’re going to approach this in the months and years ahead.“

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Source: gov.uk

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Press statement and replies to journalists’ questions following the G20 summit
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President of Russia – Kremlin.ru