New action needed on Russia over Ukraine - Pentagon

The United States needs to take new steps to respond to the Ukraine conflict because economic sanctions and other Western actions have failed to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to reverse course, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Friday.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Pentagon was watching the Ukraine situation very closely and was concerned about "further things happening" after the worst upsurge in fighting in months.

"What's clear is that sanctions are working on the Russian economy. What is not apparent is that effect on his economy is deterring Putin from following the course that was evidenced in Crimea last year, when Moscow annexed the Ukrainian territory.

"There are other things we need to be doing in recognition of the fact that... Vladimir Putin does not seem to be reversing course," Carter said, noting the response needed to be both political and military. One action discussed was boosting the number of U.S. and NATO military training exercises.

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