Tough sanctions against Russia – but what about Israel?

New measures risk a return to Cold War relations while some ask: why no action over Gaza crisis?

Mole

David Cameron faces a possible backlash at home over the decision by Europe and the US to get tougher with President Vladimir Putin – and risk an unwelcome return to Cold War relations with Moscow - while doing nothing to halt Israel's bombardment of Gaza.

The new measures against Russia, which are expected to hit EU exports of high-tech energy technology, future arms sales (though not the French contracts for two warships) and Russian investments in the City of London, won the immediate approval of the former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

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