Kerry: US set to levy more sanctions on Russia

AP News
Posted: May 15, 2014 10:44 AM
Kerry: US set to levy more sanctions on Russia

LONDON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the U.S. and Europe hope Russia will play a constructive role in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine, but if Moscow or its proxies disrupt it, the U.S. and European Union will move to impose more economic sanctions.

"I'm not going to get into announcing today what the sanctions are," Kerry said following a meeting with his counterparts in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. "We have completed our work. We know what they are. ... If they have to go into effect, they will have an impact."

A senior State Department official said the U.S. shared its strategy to use a "scalpel rather than a hammer" to target vulnerabilities in Russia's business, banking, mining, energy, defense or other sectors.

The official, who was not authorized to speak by name about the discussions in London, briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

The meeting Thursday was held in advance of discussions about the Syrian crisis by U.S officials and their counterparts from 10 other nations.