U.S. President Barack Obama urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the ceasefire holds. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but skeptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday (September 5) and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds. "We also sent a strong message to Russia that actions have consequences. Today the United States and Europe are finalizing measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions across Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors," Obama told a news conference. NATO had made clear it would defend every ally, and that it supported Ukraine's sovereignty against what he called Russian aggression, he said. "With respect to the ceasefire agreement, obviously we are hopeful but based on past experience also skeptical that in fact the separatists will follow through and the Russians will stop violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. So it has to be tested," the president said.