EU says need for transatlantic unity on new Russia sanctions

The European Union on Friday stressed the need to coordinate with Washington after the US Senate proposed new sanctions against Russia that have provoked a sharp response from Germany.
"It is important for possible new measures to be coordinated between international partners to ensure their impact internationally and to maintain unity among partners on the sanctions," a spokeswoman for the European Commission told Reuters.
US senators on Wednesday approved sanctions against Russia over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, including some on certain Russian energy projects, prompting German concerns that some European companies could be fined. The US move was not coordinated with European Union allies.
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