NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4 Key NATO leaders agreed
during a summit meeting on Thursday that Russia should faced
increased sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine, the
White House said.
U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David
Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sat down
with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on the fringes of a NATO
summit in Wales.
"The leaders reiterated their condemnation of Russia's
continued flagrant vioaltion of Ukraine's sovereignty and
territorial integrity, and agreed on the need for Russia to face
increased costs for its actions," a White House statement said.
Hollande told reporters a decision on further European Union
sanctions, to be taken in Brussels on Friday, would depend on
events in the next few hours, as efforts continue to agree a
ceasefire between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists.
(Reporting By Steve Holland and Julien Ponthus; Editing by Paul