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U.S. and EU ready to punish Russia with new sanctions

During the talks at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and President of the European Council Donald Tusk declared their readiness to impose new sanctions in case of Russia's further escalation of the conflict in the Donbas.

U.S. and EU ready to punish Russia with new sanctions

Yesterday in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama met with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, reports Joinfo.ua with reference to Reuters.

Obama said that Europe and the United States must work together to ensure effective international monitoring of implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the Donbas.

Before the talks, Obama said that now the transatlantic alliance is "stronger than ever". According to him, the United States and the EU have a common position regarding economic sanctions against Russia imposed after the invasion in Ukraine a year ago.

Donald Tusk expressed confidence that Russia was seeking to "split the West" on the issue related to the conflict in the Donbas.

U.S. and EU reminded the Kremlin that in case of further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine the sanctions would be strengthened.

It should be recalled that earlier, during her visit to Japan, German Chancellor  Angela Merkel spoke for extension of sanctions  against Russia, but at the same time she noted the need to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.