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.
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.
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have founded a $100 billion 'New Development Bank' that will lend to members and other developing countries, a potential alternative to the Washington-based World Bank.