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US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced new economic sanctions
against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to
force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

Obama said the sanctions target Russia’s energy, weapons and finance
industries, including big banks.

The U.S. penalties follow other new sanctions that European Union leaders
agreed to earlier Tuesday.

The European penalties are similar to sanctions imposed by the U.S. just two
weeks ago targeting other big Russian banks, and energy and defense companies.

The U.S. and its European allies blame Russian-supported separatists for
destabilizing eastern Ukraine and for this month’s downing of a commercial
airplane carrying 298 people as it flew over rebel-controlled territory.


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