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These documents are certainly tricky, they are not very helpful. It makes it look like Britain and her allies are not speaking with one voice when it comes to the threats of trade sanctions.
As much as I am surprised that these documents can still be photographed going in and out of that door -- and they are certainly not the first ones, it does prove that you get a different approach in the public and in the private.
In fact, there is even a line in here, which says that they should stick to generic messages in the public realm and that sanctions should be reserved for private messaging to Mr Putin himself.
Tonight Mr Cameron spoke to both the leaders of France and Germany, they are all preparing for this emergency EU summit on Thursday. But the thing is, when you see things like this, you do have to wonder what sort of consequences 28 members of the EU could agree on.
Government departments and bodies have spent almost £17 million on credit cards, the Sunday Times (£) has reported.
According to the newspaper, the spending includes stays at expensive hotels, pub lunches, jewellery and even a £70 bill for a bunny outfit.
The information was reportedly previously hidden because government departments, regulators and quangos only publish details of individual payments on cards of more than £500.
Using freedom of information rules, the newspaper asked 33 government bodies for details of all payments below £500 on government procurement cards (GPCs) and other publicly funded credit cards.
Ten departments, including the Home Office, HMRC, the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office refused to release the data while others provided only partial information.
Central government departments "do not have a clear idea" of how much their services benefit from higher rate numbers, according to a report by the National Audit Office.
Although none of the departments reviewed keeps revenue directly from higher rate lines, many of them receive deductions in the cost of other services instead.
But the report said departments don't monitor the revenues that the third party providers receive, despite guidance from the Cabinet Office.
The report said: "In some cases departments have foregone revenue without being able to demonstrate a corresponding benefit either to callers or departments themselves."