US Vice President Vows More Costs on Russia Over Ukrainian Crisis

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Vice President Joe Biden stated during a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the US would increase pressure on Russia if the situation in Ukraine continued to escalate.

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WASHINGTON, January 29 (Sputnik) — Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a phone conversation that Washington will increase costs for Russia if the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, according to the White House statement.

"The Vice President noted that as long as Russia continues its blatant disregard of its obligations under the Minsk agreements, the costs for Russia will continue to rise," the release issued Wednesday read.

During the conversation, the two leaders discussed the continued attacks in eastern Ukraine, which Biden blamed on the independence supporters. The Vice President also accused Russia of violating the Minsk agreements.

Despite ceasefire agreements made between Kiev and independence supporters in Minsk last September, the situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated in the first few weeks of 2015. Most recently, at least 30 people were killed on Saturday as Ukraine’s southeastern port city of Mariupol came under shelling.

The EU foreign ministers plan to extend the anti-Russia sanctions, and will ask the European Commission to add more names to the restrictions list, according to media reports.

European Union, the United States and their allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia in 2014, targeting the country’s banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as several individuals. The West cited Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis as justification for the restrictions. Russia has continuously stated that it is not part of the Ukrainian conflict.

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