US to discuss new Russia sanctions with Europe

2014-12-02 17:46

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Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to European allies this week about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine do not halt violence, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

The United States and the 28-nation European Union have both imposed sanctions on Russia's financial, defence and energy sectors over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"There are continuing conversations with the EU about continuing to expand sanctions," said a senior US State Department official accompanying Kerry to a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

"We will be having those conversations about where we go next, particularly in response to the continued supply of heavy weapons coming across the border [from Russia]," said the official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity.

But EU diplomats say there is little appetite within the bloc for more sanctions unless there is a further sharp deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. Russia is Europe's leading energy supplier and many EU countries fear the sanctions and Russian reprisals could hurt their own economies.

"Our role is also to explore ways for dialogue [with Russia]," the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters at Nato when asked about possible new sanctions.

Mogherini noted that the EU had just imposed sanctions on more separatists. The new head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said he does not see the point of constantly threatening more measures.

The US official said Washington was willing to roll back sanctions if Russia met its commitments under the Minsk ceasefire accords.

"A combination of the sanctions, low oil prices and general mismanagement are having an intense effect on Russia's economy," the official added.

"You can see it in the billions that they have had to spend defending a rouble that continues to fall. You see it in the high rates of inflation inside the country."

The official said a number of allies had joined the United States in providing "relatively high-end non-lethal supplies to Ukraine" and some others were expected to make new offers at the Nato meeting.

On Tuesday, Ukraine's military and separatist forces agreed "in principle" on a new ceasefire from 5 December in the rebel-held Luhansk region, the OSCE security group said.

The original ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, agreed in Minsk on 5 September, has been regularly violated.

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