Dahlgardo wrote:Dutchy wrote:Becoming energy independent will help but that takes time. Becoming fossil fuel independent will help, but that takes a lot of time. Given the current situation, the EU can only apply pressure - especially the people surrounding the Putin regime - because it also applies to Russia, they are also dependent on the EU for foreign funds. But granted, this mass expulsion of diplomats is more for domestic use than to send Russia a message.
So there you have it.
Do nothing and let Russia continue to do what it wants.
As for fossil fuel and independence of such, then please take note that several EU-countries are pushing for the North Stream 2 gas pipeline to be built to increase dependence of Russian fossil fuel.
What could possibly go wrong there.
Nuclear power is the only way to go.
You seem to be forgetting that Russia needs the revenues from supplying that gas and other fossil fuels, sanctions after Crimea hurt Putin and his other billionaire cronies.
It is also politically needed, for all of his 'strongman' attitude and stoking up paranoia about foreigners, the key to Putin staying Russian leader - even with all the locking up and other pressures on opponents, the ballot box stuffing (including in the recent election that he'd have won anyway), is and has always been avoiding a return to the economic chaos of the Yeltsin years.
Aside from arms they don't have other major revenue earners aside from fossil fuels, which is a tragic situation for a country that is far from short of educated people. But not when you are running a regime that a former UK ambassador to Russia, when asked if it's fair to describe Putin's regime as a 'Mafia State', replied that would be unfair....to the Mafia.
I would agree that the next step is to go after assets, UK governments have allowed way too much dodgy money to swirl around, the governing party even has accepted donations from Russians in the UK, which they should be regretting.
To the case of MH17, it was the usual playbook by the Russian government, deny, spin stories and conspiracy theories (which 'useful idiots' in the West sometimes believe), demand an investigation, then obstruct it as much as possible.
They claimed an Ukrainian SU-25 shot down MH17, given this ground attack type, with no radar for air to air combat, only had heat seeking, short range AA missiles or it's guns.
When investigators finally got to the wreckage, clear evidence was found that an explosion and fragments consistent with a Buk radar guided missile detonating near the cockpit, ruled out a IR missile (which would hit or detonate on or near the engines).
For that, Russian operated airlines should have been banned from Western airspace until the Russian government co-operated fully with the MH17 investigation. (I also think the same should have been the case with Egypt after they flatly refused to accept the findings of that 767 crash in 1999).