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US, Europe must impose sanctions on Russia: Obama


Kuala Lumpur, April 27:

President Barack Obama said Sunday the US and European countries should act collectively to impose sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama

“We’re going to be in a stronger position to deter Putin when he sees that the world is unified, and the United States and Europe are unified, rather than this is just a US-Russian conflict,” Xinhua quoted Obama in a joint press conference after meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak here Sunday.

Obama said although an international agreement was signed to de-escalate the crisis, Russia did not lift a finger to help. 

“In fact, there is strong evidence that they (Russia) have been encouraging the kinds of activities that have taken place (in Ukraine),” he said.

Obama is on a three-day official visit to Malaysia since Saturday.