CHRIS UHLMANN: Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for "swift"
economic sanctions to be imposed by the European Union against
Public opinion in Germany has turned against Russia since MH17
was downed and a spokesman for the chancellor said overnight that "enough is
Russia had "promised much and delivered nothing."
strong words are at odds with the weak response from a meeting of the EU's 28
foreign ministers in Brussels who failed to reach agreement on economic
reprisals against Russia
And the dithering in Europe is being met with
increasing impatience on the other side of the Atlantic.
correspondent Jane Cowan reports
JANE COWAN: Reliant on Russian oil and
gas, Europe is yet to make good on a threat to impose harsher sanctions on
Russia, despite pressure from the US.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: Sanctions against
the Russia economy; we could grind it into the ground. It's no larger than the
size of the Italian economy.
JANE COWAN: The Republican senator Lindsey
LINDSEY GRAHAM: I want the Russian people to feel pain in
response to the pain they've caused. I want to put sanctions on their economy so
they understand that what Putin's doing is not good for them long-term and the
way to get to Putin is to, to basically make the Russian people pay a price for
supporting this guy. They're part of the problem as far as I'm
I'd like to see president Obama call Samantha Powers, who's a
good UN Ambassador, to draft a resolution condemning Russia for the part they
played in this, and start naming Putin individually to be subject for sanctions.
Do all these things then call him and say, if you continue to dismember the
Ukraine, more will be coming your way.
INTERVIEWER: You said more will be
coming your way not war, right?
LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah, yeah, not war.
JANE COWAN: The impact of restricting trade with Russia would be
far from even throughout the 28-nation European Union.
economy, Germany, has the most to lose, accounting for one third of sales to
More than 6,000 German firms do business in Russia with 300,000
German jobs dependent on trade with it.
JOHN HERBST: I think Europe has
been very weak on sanctions and Mr Putin has counted on that.
COWAN: Former US ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst.
JOHN HERBST: If
Europe were to join us with the strong sanctions we made last Wednesday, perhaps
the two of us together, Europe, the EU and the United States were to target the
Russian financial sector; Mr Putin would have a serious choice to make: between
the economic security of his country and aggression in Ukraine.
COWAN: Members of German chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling party and some in the
German opposition are suggesting Russia should lose the right to host the next
World Cup if Moscow fails to cooperate with the inquiry into the downing of
The Dutch Safety Board has taken charge of the international
investigation into the crash, saying it will look at whether the Boeing 777's
black box flight data recorders have been tampered with.
investigators say they'll conduct separate investigations into the
decision-making processes behind flight routes.