US warns Russia, welcomes new EU sanctions

Jen Psaki

The US warned Russia on Thursday that it’s mulling contemporary sanctions over the preventing in Ukraine and welcomed an EU transfer to broaden current measures imposed on Moscow.

State Division spokesperson Jen Psaki mentioned the settlement by EU international ministers to broaden current European sanctions “is only a additional signal that the actions of the final a number of days and weeks are completely unacceptable and that there will likely be new penalties put in place.”

The transfer in Brussels, the place EU international ministers had been assembly, was “constructing on a big sanctions effort that’s been occurring for months now,” Psaki mentioned, dubbing Thursday’s announcement a “optimistic step.”

She had no prediction about when the following spherical of US sanctions would come into drive, or who could be focused.

“Typically we add names, typically we add sectors or corporations, and that’s the identical factor for the EU,” Psaki mentioned.

“We’ll proceed to think about others that we might add.”

Earlier this week President Barack Obama pledged to extend strain on Russia and, in cooperation with US allies together with Europe, to have a look at different choices to sort out the difficulty.

“I’ll take a look at all extra choices which might be out there to us, wanting navy confrontation, and attempt to deal with this concern,” he mentioned.

Psaki additionally condemned intensifying assaults on Debaltseve, in jap Ukraine, the place rebels have virtually surrounded the city.

The city lies 13 kilometers (about eight miles) past the ceasefire line set in a September accord, she mentioned.

“Over the previous week, the separatists have fired numerous rockets on the metropolis, killing and wounding scores of harmless folks and prompting the Ukrainian authorities and native NGOs to prepare a city-wide evacuation,” Psaki instructed reporters.

“There will also be no mistake about Russia’s position within the escalation of violence,” she mentioned, including Moscow had “geared up the separatists with tanks, armored autos, heavy artillery, rocket programs and different navy tools.”

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