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U.K. asks European Union to prepare more sanctions options against Russia

U.K. asks European Union to prepare more sanctions options against Russia

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Apr 4, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The British government is calling on its European Union partners to develop possible additional sanctions against Russia, in the event that they "become necessary."

Britain's foreign secretary spoke at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens, though he said no decision on further sanctions will be made there.

Officials at the meeting are continuing to worry about the large Russian military force on Ukraine's border. The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said as she arrived for the meeting that it's "really, really important" for Russia to show it's "serious about de-escalation" by moving its troops back.

Meanwhile, a top Russian diplomat is ridiculing Ukraine's interim government, describing it as a puppet of the West.