U.S. prepared to place unilateral sanctions on Russian officials, businesses

By Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan, March 5, 2014

The Obama administration is prepared to take unilateral steps to sanction Russian individuals and business entities it holds responsible for corrupt and illegal behavior in Ukraine while it moves to persuade its European partners, some more reluctant than others, to consider more substantive sanctions to directly affect the Russian economy, according to senior administration officials.

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