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Obama, EU leaders raise threat of new sanctions on Russia

Published on Apr 25, 2014 11:36 PM

PARIS (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama and top European leaders urged Moscow to stop its "intimidation" of Ukraine and raised the prospect of fresh sanctions, France said on Friday.

"The heads of state and government have called for a rapid reaction by the G7 and raised the prospect of new sanctions by the international community against Russia," the French presidency said in a statement.

Mr Obama, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi also said it was "essential" for Ukraine's presidential election to go ahead as planned on May 25. "They have reiterated their demand that the democratic process is able to move forward," the statement said.

"The holding of the presidential election on May 25 is essential to allow Ukrainians to freely decide their future in full transparency.

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