Kerry to raise possibility of sanctions against Ukraine, official says

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:05am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will raise the possibility of sanctions against the Ukrainian government in remarks in Paris later Wednesday, a senior administration official said.

News of Kerry's plans comes a day after 25 people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Ukraine.

Kerry will reiterate Vice President Joe Biden's message to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych that his government must protect its people, and can choose either dialogue and compromise or violence and mayhem, the official said.

The official said the United States is closely coordinating its response -- including the potential for sanctions -- with its allies and friends.


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