European Union foreign ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss sanctions on Russia that could be revealed as early as Monday.
Western nations are looking to strike back against Russia for meddling in Ukraine and its southern region of Crimea.
Final results from a referendum in Crimea Sunday showed nearly 97% of those who voted backed plans to join Russia. The result was expected — and the West maintained the referendum was illegal. Moscow strongly backed the vote.
President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday and said the vote “would never be recognized by the United States and the international community,” according to the White House.
It remains unclear what kind of sanctions the West will deliver. U.S. and European officials have said they could impose travel bans and asset freezes on individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Multiple lists of possible subjects of sanctions were circulated among diplomats over the weekend, said a European diplomatic source.
“My expectation is that it will be a small but politically significant list, which will send a clear message not just in Crimea but to Russia,” a separate European diplomatic source told CNN over the weekend.
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