Brisbane, Nov 15: US President Barack Obama on Saturday slammed Russia over its stand on Ukraine, saying its aggressive posture was "appalling" and threat to the world. Europe, on the other hand, threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not stop supplying arms to Ukraine, Reuters reported. [Follow Indian PM Narendra Modi's live address at Brisbane]
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Stressing security and climate change, Obama said on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that the US was at the forefront of opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine. He also mentioned the shooting down of MH17, near Torez in Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine.
Herman Van Rompuy, the chief of the European Council said Moscow must stop supplying military help to Ukraine and ask the rebels to accept a ceasefire or face more sanctions, the report said. Van Rompuy said the EU believed that only a political solution can save Ukraine and it would use all diplomatic tools at its disposal.
European foreign ministers will meet on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and whether more steps were required against Moscow.
Ukraine's pro-Western regime and NATO accused Russia of helping rebels in the eastern regions of the country to launch a new offensive in a conflict that has already killed over 4,000 people this year. The Kremlin though refused the charges, saying it was not involved in the military activity and was in favour of the implementation of the ceasefire as per the Minsk agreement reached in September.