WASHINGTON — The White House says the United States could impose additional economic sanctions on Russia as soon as Tuesday.
The U.S. penalties would follow tougher sanctions agreed to by European Union leaders earlier in the day.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the EU sanctions are welcome news. He says he expects the European penalties to track closely with sanctions imposed by the U.S. about two weeks ago targeting major Russian banks, as well as energy and defense companies.
The U.S. has been pressing Europe to catch up with the American sanctions in the wake of a downed passenger jet in eastern Ukraine. The West blames Russian-backed separatists for shooting down the plane.
Earnest did not outline the detail of the pending American sanctions on Russia.