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Family of flight MH17 victims meet Prime Minister

Relatives of the victims of Malysia Airlines flight MH17 which came down over Ukraine (pictured), with Blackpool man Glenn Thomas (below) on board, will meet David Cameron today.

Relatives of the victims of Malysia Airlines flight MH17 which came down over Ukraine (pictured), with Blackpool man Glenn Thomas (below) on board, will meet David Cameron today.

The family of MH17 victim Glenn Thomas is today set to meet David Cameron.

They are among the relatives of the British victims killed when the Malaysia Airlines flight came down over Ukraine who will be in Downing Street today.

The Prime Minister will meet the families to express his condolences and to discuss the international response to the plane’s crash in eastern Ukraine earlier this month.

Mr Cameron, along with US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, are also hoping EU ambassadors can push forward towards stronger sanctions on Russia, widely seen as shouldering some of the blame for the apparent shooting down of flight MH17.

The leaders yesterday agreed to press for a final deal on far-reaching economic sanctions against Moscow, targeting Russia’s defence, energy and financial sectors.

A No 10 source said that they now hoped to see them move on the so-called “Tier 3” measures at today’s meeting of EU ambassadors, although the source acknowledged that it would require agreement of all 28 nations.

If agreed, the measures are expected to go beyond the existing travel bans and asset freezes against individuals and hit Russia’s access to European capital markets and trade in the defence sector and sensitive technologies in the energy sector.

Ukraine, backed by Britain, the US, and other Western allies, have blamed pro-Russian separatists for bringing down MH17 in a surface-to-air missile strike – a claim denied by the separatists and their allies in Moscow.

An international police team failed for a second time to reach the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines airliner amid continued fighting in the area between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Ukrainian security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said data from the aircraft’s flight data recorders showed the Boeing 777 suffered “massive explosive decompression” after it was hit by fragments he said came from a missile.

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