February 21, 2015 / 12:41 PM / 5 years ago

Kerry says considering extra sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

A man stands in the rubble of a building damaged by fighting in the city of Debaltseve, February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

LONDON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the United States and its allies were not prepared to play games with Russia and are discussing additional sanctions against Moscow over its role in eastern Ukraine, undermining a European-brokered truce.

“Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days,” Kerry said as he began a meeting with British counterpart Philip Hammond.

“We are talking about additional sanctions, about additional efforts, and I’m confident over the next days people will make it clear that we are not going to play this game ... and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behavior.”

(The story is refiled to fix typo in second paragraph)

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Alison Williams

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