US reserves judgment on Putin comments on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is "reserving judgment" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for extending a weeklong cease-fire in Ukraine, saying it puts more stock in Russia's actions than its words.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says President Barack Obama conveyed that message to Putin in a phone call Monday. Obama also discussed the situation in Ukraine with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.

The U.S. and European Union have warned of additional sanctions on Russia if the crisis in Ukraine persists. Earnest says that if Russia were to change its behavior and take concrete steps to stem the violence in Ukraine it would make additional sanctions less likely.

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