- POSTED: 06 Jun 2014 17:31
British Prime Minister David Cameron is holding talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, warning him that Moscow will face "continuing isolation" unless it reaches a resolution over Ukraine.
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron is holding talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, warning him that Moscow will face "continuing isolation" unless it reaches a resolution over Ukraine.
Their meeting in Paris comes after G7 leaders issued a joint communique, saying they are ready to intensify targeted sanctions on Russia - in addition to asset freezes and travel bans already in place.
The warning comes amid difficult relations between Britain and Russia.
At the recent G7 summit in Brussels, Russia was expelled following its annexation of Crimea in March.
The warning that "intensified sanctions" are on the cards comes at a strained time for UK-Russia relations.
Following tensions after claims Prince Charles compared President Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler, Cameron issued a clear list of actions to his Russian counterpart.
"President Putin must recognise the legitimate election of President Poroshenko, he must stop arms crossing the border into Ukraine, he must cease Russian support for separatist groups. And third, if these things don't happen, then sectoral sanctions will happen," he said.
As well as meeting with Cameron in Paris, things are likely to be frosty at the D-Day celebrations in Normandy.
Putin will be at Sword Beach alongside the British Queen and Prince Charles.
He had described Prince Charles' Hitler remarks last month as "unacceptable" and "not what monarchs do".
Experts believe Russia's difficult diplomatic relations with the West are hindering a wider aim for Putin.
James D Boys, A foreign policy expert, said: "There's no doubt about it that he's looking to re-establish Russia on the world stage and if he does so with an attempt to annoy the Americans, annoy the central European powers, annoy NATO, then I think he's felt he can get away with doing so."
Tense relations aside, the focus remains on the crisis with Ukraine -- and whether more is needed than simply further talks.
Finding a resolution to the Russia/Ukraine crisis through just talks seems increasingly difficult.
The pressure is now on Cameron and other G7 nation leaders to agree on what the "intensified" sanctions will be, if they are required.