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US, Europe Demand Harsher Russia Sanctions

FILE - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, delivers a speech on international development, in London, May 28, 2014.
FILE - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, delivers a speech on international development, in London, May 28, 2014.
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A senior British official is calling for the 2018 World Cup to be moved from Russia as punishment for the country's role in the Ukraine crisis, as calls intensify from both sides of the Atlantic for tougher sanctions on Moscow.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg demanded stricter sanctions and the removal of the tournament from Russia due to what he told The Sunday Times newspaper was "ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border."

"We've got to take tougher sanctions, but also we've got to make it quite clear that he cannot expect to get the privileges of being at the top table of world affairs if he's not prepared to play by the basic rules of world affairs," Clegg was quoted as saying about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
International football authority FIFA said Friday that the event will stay in Russia.

German lawmakers have also called for the international sporting event to be moved following Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine earlier this month, which killed all 298 people on board.

A top U.S. security aide said Sunday he expected European sanctions on Russia to stiffen in coming days as well.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN that in President Barack Obama's talks with European leaders in the last week, further restrictions on the energy, arms and financial sectors were "on the table."

European Union ambassadors voted Friday in Brussels to extend sanctions against Russia imposed as a result of the Ukraine conflict. The EU added 15 individuals, including the head of the Kremlin's Federal Security Service, and 18 companies to its list of Russian officials and entities banned from travel and commerce in the West.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
July 28, 2014 10:51 AM
The World needs to notice how these EU politicians always call for someone else to do something, while they do very litlle beyond just talking; in somecases the talk is shear nonsense. The total failure of most principal EU politicians, which can't be parted from their monetary interests, has very much railroaded any credible deterrent action trough sanctions.

The moral failure, of the EU, will cost thousands of lives, create millions of refugees, and cause instability in Europe for decades to come; and all the monetary interests, they are so attached to, will go down the drain anyway, as instability takes place and bites their economies. I think the sanctions train, has left the station empty, with no impact on reversing the expansionist aggression; probably too little too late.....

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by: Poneros from: US
July 28, 2014 4:54 PM
EU nations are in the process of positioning military assets in Eastern Europe. Russia will be able to see this and will save face by bowing to sanction pressure instead of military pressure.


by: Jikelele Joe
July 28, 2014 10:44 AM
Nick Clegg's thinking is on appropriate on sporting activities, however he could have enhanced it further by calling for a ban on Russia at the next Olympics, which should remain in place until lifted by the Olympic Committee. Furthermore working in conjunction with David Cameron he could support the ruling party in their efforts to apply stronger sanctions against President Putin and Russia.


by: shane from: aust
July 27, 2014 11:57 PM
O Please don't take the 2018 World Cup from Russia..... British MPs are a Joke .. if this is the best UK can do ha ha ha ha


by: jal from: ventura
July 27, 2014 5:08 PM
finally, some one in europe not afraid of Putin and his gangster twerps. FIFA shame on you. Shame on you criminals who support a country who just committed mass murder on vacationers. Will "your" plane make it to the world cup? Shame on the US congress, both parties. Shame on corporate multinationals who support the WC. And most of all, shame on Russian citizens who support these murdering monsters. SHAME!

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