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 US and EU to Tighten Sanctions Against Russia - U.S. Department of State

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The United States is negotiating with European partners to extend the restrictions for Russia because of its continuing aggression against Ukraine.

U.S. Department of State speaker Jen Psaki said Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We continue to work closely with the EU to jointly raise the price for Russia for its unacceptable behavior," the representative of the Department of State said.

She said that the US and its allies and partners are discussing "deepening of already existing sanctions."

Psaki stressed that the United States continue to emphasize the need to establish a long-term ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. "But what we see is a continuous violation of the Minsk protocols by Russia and its protégés," she said.

The speaker of the State Department stressed that "Ukrainians have the right to defend themselves and their territory."

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She also informed that the US permanent representative to the UN, Samantha Power will speak at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday. "Of course we are concerned about the continuation of violations of Minsk protocol. We are also concerned about the tension at the area, reported by NATO and the OSCE in recent days (the large number of military equipment convoys - Ed.)," Psaki voiced the U.S. delegation to the UN position.

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