U.S. expands economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Obama said the sanctions targeted energy, defense and finance sectors of the Russian economy.

"If Russia continues on this current path, the costs on Russia will continue to grow," Obama said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)