Germany's Merkel threatens new Russia sanctions

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FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, is downplaying prospects of resolving tensions over U.S. surveillance when the German leader visits Washington next week _ a trip during which the Ukraine crisis and trans-Atlantic economic ties will be key issues. Seibert, noted Friday, April 25, 2014, that the chancellor has said the issue of NSA surveillance can’t be resolved with one visit and so “concrete results in this area can’t be expected” from the Washington trip. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union's foreign ministers will meet soon to consider further targeted sanctions against Russia over Ukraine's crisis.

Merkel spoke Friday after complaining in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about a lack of public commitment on Russia's part to last week's Geneva deal aimed at calming tensions.

She said she's convinced Russia could "put the separatists in eastern Ukraine on a peaceful path" and said Kiev had taken "a series of steps" to implement the agreement.

Merkel said it's important to pursue diplomacy and to prepare for Ukraine's May 25 presidential election. But she said ministers also consider "phase two" sanctions, targeted measures that fall short of all-out economic sanctions.

She said the EU foreign ministers will meet "as soon as possible."