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Australia set to tighten Russia sanctions
Publish Date: Aug 08, 2014
Australia set to tighten Russia sanctions
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. PHOTO/AFP
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SYDNEY- Australia is preparing to tighten sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday as he warned President Vladimir Putin against sending his troops into Ukraine.

Fears are mounting that Moscow is preparing to deploy troops in conflict-torn east Ukraine, with NATO accusing Russia of massing some 20,000 troops on the border with its former Soviet neighbour.

"Let's be very clear about this -- Russia has been a bully. Russia is a big country trying to bully a small country," Abbott told reporters in Sydney.

NATO has warned that Russia could invade Ukraine under the pretext of a "humanitarian" mission, but Moscow has dismissed claims it has ratcheted up troop numbers.

"Right at this moment, Russian forces are massing on the border with Ukraine," Abbott said.
"If there is any movement of Russian forces across the border it won't be a humanitarian mission, it will be an invasion.

"And I say to President Putin that if he wants to be regarded as a world leader, as opposed to becoming an international outcast, hold your forces back. Stay beyond the border. Let the business of Ukraine be sorted out by Ukrainians."

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