Brisbane, Nov 15: Placing security and climate change at the center stage of the G20 summit in Brisbane, US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was “appalling” and a threat to the world.
European nations also threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not end the flow of weapons and troops.
Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Obama placed security and climate change at the center stage of the leaders meeting, overshadowing talks on global economic growth.
Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17”.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Moscow must stop supplying weapons and troops to Ukraine, pressure rebels to accept a ceasefire, or face additional sanctions.
On Monday, Europe’s foreign ministers will meet to assess the situation in Ukraine and whether further steps including additional sanctions were needed against Russia, he said.
Addressing a media conference, Van Rompuy said: “Russia must stop the inflow of weapons and troops from its territory into Ukraine and Russia must withdraw those already present.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending the meeting and he almost certain to come under intense diplomatic pressure to change tack on Ukraine.
Earlier, Russia denied it was involved in a recent escalation of military activity in Ukraine and supported the implementation of the ceasefire agreed in Minsk in September.
“We are not involved,” Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters at the G20 meeting.
(With Agency Inputs)
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