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Germany's Merkel threatens new Russia sanctions

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Photo - German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with the Prime Minster of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with the Prime Minster of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union's foreign ministers will meet soon to consider further targeted sanctions against Russia over Ukraine's crisis.

Merkel spoke Friday after complaining in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about a lack of public commitment on Russia's part to last week's Geneva deal aimed at calming tensions.

She said she's convinced Russia could "put the separatists in eastern Ukraine on a peaceful path" and said Kiev had taken "a series of steps" to implement the agreement.

Merkel said it's important to pursue diplomacy and to prepare for Ukraine's May 25 presidential election. But she said ministers also consider "phase two" sanctions, targeted measures that fall short of all-out economic sanctions.

She said the EU foreign ministers will meet "as soon as possible."

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