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US reveals sanctions.

THE United States has announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin's inner circle.

The White House said the penalties are being levied because Russia has failed to live up to commitments it agreed under an international accord aimed at de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

It said it was prepared to "impose still greater costs" if Russia continues its provocations in Ukraine.

In addition to the sanctions, the US is revoking export licenses for high-technology items that it says could contribute to Russia's military capabilities.

The White House announcement came while President Barack Obama is travelling in Asia.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Apr 29, 2014
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