Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned Vladimir Putin the “world’s eyes are on Russia to make sure she delivers” on her obligations to the victims killed in the Ukraine plane disaster.
His comments come as David Cameron and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte called for the European Union to “reconsider its approach to Russia” to Moscow in light of evidence that pro-Moscow separatists brought down flight MH17 on Thursday.
Mr Cameron has also spoken to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, while the Russian ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office.
The UK’s response follows accusations that pro-Russian separatists removed 38 bodies from the Malaysia Airlines crash scene and attempting to destroy evidence at the site.
The Ukraine government said “terrorists, with the help of Russia, are trying to destroy evidence of international crimes”, adding it had obtained data which showed bodies had been taken to a morgue in Donetsk.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said the Netherlands was “angry, furious” by news that bodies were being dragged around the site.
However, Sky’s Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay, at the scene, said there were reports rebels had moved bodies on Friday, but body parts were now officially being removed by Ukraine emergency ministry staff.
Mr Hammond, who chaired an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday, accused Russia of not doing enough to help move separatists from the site.
“We’re not getting enough support from the Russians, we’re not seeing Russia using their influence effectively enough to get the separatists, who are in control of the site, to allow the access that we need,” he said… see more