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EU, US in cautious lockstep on Russia sanctions

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Russia's Karelia Republic, on April 28, 2014The United States has been moving cautiously in slapping sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, keen to keep its EU allies on board and avoid exposing fault lines within the European bloc, analysts say. Washington on Monday unveiled a raft of new sanctions against seven more individuals with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and 17 companies mostly controlled by some of his powerful allies. At the same time, the European Union said it had added 15 more people to its blacklist accused of fomenting chaos in Ukraine. Despite the moves, there was some frustration that Washington held back from full-scale economic sanctions against Russia’s energy, mining and financial sectors and that rumors that state energy supplier Gazprom would be hit proved unfounded.

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