US warns of more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine situation

The US is discussing applying additional sanctions on Russia amid its presumed involvement in the crisis between the government of Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in the east, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday.
“Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days,” he said in comments made ahead of talks with his British counterpart Phillip Hammond.
“There is no secret to any of us, not in this age of all kinds of visibility and technical means and satellites and the ability to watch what people are doing.
“We know to a certainty what Russia has been providing to the separatists, how Russia is involved with the separatists,” he added.
“We are talking about additional sanctions, about additional efforts, and Iآ’m confident over the next days people will make it clear that we are not going to play this game,” he warned.
“Weآ’re not going to sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation.” He went on to accuse Moscow of “continuing to do land grabbing in Ukraine,” adding that, after Kiev officials’ claimed that Russia has supplied separatists with artillery in the city of Mariupol, “what is happening with respect to Mariupol even now is just simply unacceptable.” Kerry’s remarks come as calls are being made for the US and the EU to supply the Ukranian army with weapons to help them in combatting the separatists’ advances.

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