Australian PM dubs Russia 'a bully'

Sydney - Australia's prime minister has dubbed Russia "a bully" and threatened stronger sanctions against the country following Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions imposed on his country related to the crisis in Ukraine.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday said the ban would have a relatively small impact on Australia. And he warned Putin to call off the thousands of Russian troops that have amassed at the Ukrainian border.

Abbott said if Putin wants to avoid becoming an international outcast, he must pull Russian troops back.

Australia was among several countries that slapped sanctions on Russia amid accusations it has supplied weapons to pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

- AP
VoxPopuli 2014-08-08 01:06:38 PM
bully1 'b?li/ noun 1. a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. But that sound like what the US was doing to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany and who knows who else.......
Kobus Hattingh 2014-08-08 01:08:25 PM
This Ozzie is making his name *(*^*&^%%! Viva Putin.
Langa Kapueja 2014-08-08 01:19:18 PM
This is why do you weep when he imposes further sanctions on himself? Putin is no bully...he just won't be bullied, that's all. The only man who didn't fear giving assylum to Snowden :-C
Louie Walshe 2014-08-08 01:52:07 PM
Mr Abbott, instead of acting like a retard about the very serious state of global affairs and following the western drive towards war, you would certainly come across far more intelligent if you had to ask for the US satellite imagery of MH17 that sadly killed some of your citizens. Perhaps a request to Kiev traffic control for their data too? But you seem like a well paid individual, so I'm sure you wouldn't want to rock your comfy boat. I wonder how comfy you will with a nuke between your cheeks though?
James Schutz 2014-08-08 01:57:32 PM
The EU especially germany are having secret dealings with putin because half of europes energy needs (oil gas etc) comes from Russia.Abbott leads a country that is geographically the most isolated in the world therefore 50% of northern states won't follow abbott's or obama's proposals.
TaxStrike 2014-08-08 02:08:48 PM
About five years ago an international survey stated that if you stockpiled all the world's arms the USA would still have more. They are not the world's most powerful country for nothing.
Job Jacobs 2014-08-08 02:12:59 PM
The Aussie PM doesnt have the Balls to call Israel a bully yet he wants to call Russia one... This is wuss with a suit.
Diana Gill 2014-08-08 03:13:45 PM
...and if he doesn't pull the troops, what are going to do about that, mate?
Sadeck Rahim 2014-08-08 04:11:51 PM
Iol australia you cant b serious.Putin must be laughing hs socks off at u mate
Mark Russell 2014-08-08 06:58:47 PM
Are these the very same troops that the OSCE inspectors say are not there at all?