UPDATE 2-G7 leaders agree to swift new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
(Updates with more details, U.S. quotes)
By Matt Spetalnick
SEOUL, April 26 (Reuters) - The leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed on Saturday to swiftly impose further sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, and the United States could unveil its new punitive measures as early as Monday, officials said.
"We believe that these sanctions will have a significant impact," U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes said on Saturday.
President Barack Obama spoke to four European leaders on Friday night about new sanctions against Russia, stressing the need to move quickly, Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One, as Obama flew from South Korea to Malaysia on an Asian trip.
"There was quick agreement about the need to move forward with a sequences of steps," said Rhodes.
"The sequence that was agreed to in the leaders' call last night was that the G7 would express its support for targeted sanctions against Russia. The U.S. and EU would move out on their own."
A senior U.S. official said each G7 country would decide which targeted sanctions to implement and while the measures would be coordinated they would not necessarily be identical.
Rhodes said sanctions are possible on individuals or companies with influence in specific sectors of the Russian economy such as energy and banking. Продолжение...