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Obama promises ‘consequences’ for Russia

President Obama on Monday announced sanctions against Russia for its interference in Ukraine and said the United States stands ready to impose further punishment in the days ahead.

The president on Monday ordered sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials following Sunday’s secession referendum in Crimea, a vote he said was “a clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution and international law.”

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He said the United States would “continue to calibrate our response based on whether Russia continues to escalate or de-escalate this situation.”

“We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine,” Obama said. “We're making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.”

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