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 US readiness for tougher sanctions deters Russian aggression, - Nuland

The United States is set to further toughen economic sanctions against Russia with a view to stop violence in Ukraine.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports.

"These sanctions, combined with low oil prices and Russia's continued structural weaknesses, have imposed significant costs. While Moscow has not yet changed its approach to Ukraine, our readiness to toughen sanctions even further has likely played a role in deterring further Russian efforts to grab Ukrainian territory," Nuland stated.

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She also stressed that the U.S. is now working intensively with Europe to ensure "EU sanctions are rolled over at the end of this month, and to support France and Germany in their lead diplomatic role to push for full implementation of the Minsk agreements."

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