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US wants to impose more anti-Russian sanctions following Kerch Strait incident

The United States calls on Europe to look at a possibility of imposing additional anti-Russian sanction following the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said at a briefing in Brussels on Monday. He said he had arrived in Brussels for talks with European allies to elaborate "a well-coordinated Western response, Western position" on the Kerch Strait incident. "It’s not in Ukraine’s interest or anyone’s interest to bilateralize a response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine into a U.S.-Russia dynamic," he said. "Within that then, I think we have to look at the basket of sanctions, look at the basket of monitoring [the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, and the Kerch Strait] or some kind of deployment, for instance of a ship visit or two to the Black Sea to show presence," he noted. He claimed that the European Union was likely to be ready to support the further restrictions against Moscow and even Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s idea of banning Russian ships from calling at European ports. "Part of the discussions I had with European Union colleagues earlier today is we have a basket of sanctions in place that relate to Crimea. We have a basket that is there relating to Russia’s failure to implement the Minsk Agreements. And we talked about what should be done in the Sea of Azov," he said. "I think the debate will be, in Europe, over whether this is a third basket or whether this is connected to Crimea." "But the notion that there needs to be a response and some additional sanctions and listing of names would occur seems to be one gaining some traction and I would not be surprised at all to see that happen in the next month or two," he went on to say. "The sanctions regime I believe does have an impact on Russia," he claimed. "I think if we are showing that we are reacting when Russia does something such as it just did, through additional sanctions, that would be an indicator to Russia that future acts would also be met with sanctions. So I think that could add some deterrent effect there."