White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

The show of Western solidarity comes as the U.S. accuses Russia of ramping up its troop presence on its border with Ukraine and shipping more heavy weaponry to pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukrainian cities.

President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain, Germany, France and Italy discussed the crisis during a rare joint video teleconference on Monday. The discussion follows days of bilateral talks on how to implement tougher sanctions after the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine, an attack the U.S. says was carried out by the separatists.

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