Rus­sia retaliates on West's sanc­tions over Ukraine

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MOSCOW (AP) — Rus­sia re­tal­i­ated Thurs­day for sanc­tions over the cri­sis in Ukraine by ban­ning most food im­ports from the West, deal­ing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurt­ing the U.S., Canada and Aus­tralia.

In choos­ing to make an eco­nomic move, Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sig­naled he isn't ready at this point to send troops into Ukraine. He also showed he's will­ing to in­flict sig­nif­i­cant pain on his own peo­ple to make a point.

The U.S. and the Euro­pean Union have ac­cused Rus­sia, which an­nexed Ukraine's Crimean Penin­sula in March, of sup­ply­ing arms and ex- per­tise to a pro-Moscow in­sur­gency in eastern Ukraine, and have re­sponded by slap­ping sanc­tions on Rus­sian in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies. Ten­sions rose fur­ther last month when a Malaysian jet­liner was shot down over rebel-held ter­ri­tory, killing all 298 peo­ple aboard, and the West ac­cused Rus­sia of most likely pro­vid­ing the mil­i­tants with the mis­siles that may have been used to bring the plane down.

Moscow de­nies sup­port­ing the rebels and ac­cuses the West of block­ing at­tempts at a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment by en­cour­ag­ing Kiev to use its mil­i­tary to crush the in­sur­gency.

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