Washington to decide about more sanctions against Russia – Assistant Secretary of State

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The US Administration intends to make a decision within 2-4 weeks about toughening sanctions against Russia due to differences about the situation in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said.

She said that US President Barack Obama indicated to his colleagues at the G7 summit in Brussels early in June that Washington “is not going to wait for months” coming up with a decision if new punitive steps should be taken against Russia.

The US is planning to make a decision to this effect “within 2-4 weeks”, Nuland said speaking at the Marshall Foundation today.

She stated that the US and EU have the same views on what is the next stage of anti-Russian sanctions should look like if they have to be used.

As the US repeatedly warned in the past, there will be sanctions against entire sectors of the Russian economy, in particular, the energy and banking sectors, Victoria Nuland said. The US insists that the sanctions should result in preventing Russia from receiving “investment and next-generation technology,” Nuland said.

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