WHITE HOUSE TO RUSSIA: Prepare For The Worst Sanctions Yet

Monday, July 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Brett LoGiurato
July 28,2104

President Barack Obama convened a video conference with four European Union leaders on Monday, during which they agreed to implement additional sanctions against Russia for its continued involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said during the White House daily press briefing on Monday that the U.S. expects the EU to take additional steps against Russia this week, which the U.S. will follow. Blinken said those measures would include sanctions on whole sectors of the Russian economy, including the financial, arms, and energy sectors.

“Russia bears responsibility for everything that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine,” Blinken told reporters, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin has “doubled down” on his support of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Obama spoke Monday with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Blinken emphasized the coordination among the leaders and the agreement to implement new sanctions, something that has been a sticking point between the U.S. and EU throughout the Ukrainian crisis.

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