US welcomes EU decision on Russia
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US welcomes EU decision on Russia

Washington said to be working closely with Europe and other partners to hold Moscow accountable for actions in Ukraine

Military road police direct one of several military vehicles of Russian peacekeeping forces to turn to customs control zone about 28 kilometers from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Pavel Golovkin)
Military road police direct one of several military vehicles of Russian peacekeeping forces to turn to customs control zone about 28 kilometers from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Pavel Golovkin)

WASHINGTON — The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the US is working closely with the EU and other partners to hold Russia accountable for actions in Ukraine that the West deems illegal. Hayden says the EU’s decision shows strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

European Union leaders late Saturday asked their executive body to urgently prepare tougher economic sanctions that could be adopted within a week.

Russia’s aggressive behavior toward Ukraine will be a key agenda item at a NATO summit that President Barack Obama will attend next week in Wales.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

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