In a security meeting today, Putin said Russia would try to rein in Ukraine's rebels. He also effectively told media and politicians that the country is not under Western siege – and to stop repeating that claim.
European Union foreign ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss more sanctions on Russia. Caution on such a move appears to be weakening in the wake of the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine.
The Netherlands, which holds something of a swing vote in the EU, had argued for caution in sanctioning Russia. But the downing of MH17 killed nearly 200 Dutch citizens – and has hardened attitudes ahead of an EU meeting Tuesday.
Russia, Britain, and Germany called Saturday for eastern Ukraine rebels to allow international investigators to have access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Will pro-Russian separatists listen?
The second round of the British Open begins Friday with Rory McIlroy leading the field by one stroke over Matteo Manassero. Spain's Sergio Garcia is two strokes off the lead. Tiger Woods is three strokes back.