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Russia preparing sanctions against US, saying 'a bad example is infectious'

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The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday said that "... a bad example is infectious..," as news emerged that lawmakers are preparing a draft to allow the confiscation of property, assets and accounts of European or U.S. companies if sanctions are imposed on Russia.

According to the story on the MilitaryTimes website, Lavrov was speaking in Spain ahead of meetings planned with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, when he sent a warning against what Moscow views as a coup in the Ukraine. Said Lavrov:

"If we indulge those who are trying to rule our great, kind historic neighbor, we must understand that a bad example is infectious."

Meanwhile, a story from CBSnews reports that the Obama administration is stepping forward "to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula."

Margaret Brennan, a CBS News correspondent in Paris, is cited in the story as reporting that Kerry had meetings with counterparts from Ukraine, Russia, Britain and France, however he "was unable to get top diplomats from Russia and Ukraine in the same room or to hold direct talks on Wednesday." The ability to discuss how to stabilize Ukraine and how to overcome the current crisis is an important goal. Said Kerry:

"We agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days with Russia, with Ukrainians in order to see how we can help normalize the situation, stabilize it and overcome the crisis."

In the attached video, President Barack Obama's official spokesman, Jay Carney, announces the United States is watching the military exercises which Russia has been conducting in the area.

As the CBS article further reports, the Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia flew into Paris aboard Kerry's plane from Kiev Tuesday night, while the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said further discussions would happen "in the days to come."

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