Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia
Lawmakers say Russia is ignoring threats of more western sanctions, urge tougher US stance
Associated Press
2014-04-20 11:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are calling Sunday for stronger sanctions against Russia

Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy warn that Moscow thus far has ignored efforts by the United States and European nations to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

Murphy says the next target for sanctions could be Russia's petrochemical companies or banks.

President Barack Obama has said his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if diplomatic efforts to destabilize the conflict fail.

Vice President Joe Biden is traveling to Ukraine Sunday and plans to meet with government leaders and democracy advocates in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on Monday and Tuesday.

The senators made their comments on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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