“The United States and its European allies are in talks about harsher sanctions against Moscow, while U.S. President Barack Obama will evaluate next steps in dealing with the conflict in eastern Ukraine in coming days” Reuters reported today.
“In the next few days I anticipate that President Obama will evaluate the choices that are in front of him and will make his decision as to what the next step will be” the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.
“There are serious discussions taking place between us and our European allies as to what those next sanctions steps ought to be and when they ought to be implemented (…) I am confident some additional steps will be taken in response to the breaches of the ceasefire” Kerry said.
“Ukraine accused Moscow of sending more troops into eastern Ukraine, contravening a European-brokered truce that was reached in Minsk and took effect Feb. 15. U.S. officials said at the time they wouldn’t rule out imposing tougher sanctions on Russia or giving more security assistance to Ukraine if the Minsk deal isn’t fully implemented” Bloomberg reported earlier today.