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U.S. lawmakers ready to act over Ukraine, but want Europe to step up

U.S. Senator Murphy speaks at a news conference held by the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers expressed support on Monday for aid for Ukraine’s new government, as well as sanctions to punish Russia for its military incursion into the neighboring country, but want European nations to step up their involvement in the crisis. Senators are looking at options such as imposing sanctions on Russia’s banks and freezing assets of Russian public institutions and private investors, Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of the Senate’s Europe subcommittee, told Reuters. But he said in a telephone interview that European governments also needed to act. “Unilateral U.S. sanctions against Russia are not going to have much of an effect if Europe remains a haven for Russian banks and Russian oligarchs to stash and invest their money,” the Connecticut Democrat said.

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