U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again warned Russia of increased sanctions if it tries to sabotage presidential elections in Ukraine, while on Capital Hill some lawmakers expressed frustration with what they see as the Obama administration’s incremental measures.
“We are not going to sit idly by while Russian elements fan the flame of instability,” Kerry said Tuesday, speaking at the State Department in Washington after meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.
“Ukraine has shown remarkable restraint. They have been committed to move their country forward through nonviolence,” said Kerry expressing concern over efforts by pro-Russian separatists to “contrive a bogus independence referendum.”
“The choice is Russia’s. We are going to stand united in support of Ukraine,” added Kerry.
Ashton called Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election an important step toward stabilization. She said the Ukrainian people will decide what Ukraine…
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