Pro-Russian gunmen get ready to fight against Ukrainian national troops at a checkpoint outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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The United States and its European allies agreed on Thursday that Russia should face broader economic and industrial sanctions if the Kremlin meddled in Ukrainian elections later this month, a U.S. official said.Kerry told the European powers the sectoral sanctions could be imposed on Russia without hurting themselves or the broader global economy, the official said.Sanctions have already hurt Russia -- Moscow's Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has said the economy will probably enter recession by the end of the second quarter.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Kremlin's approach to the Ukrainian elections would determine whether wider economic and trade sanctions would be applied to Russia.
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