It must be broken. Western strategy could benefit from a vigorous diplomatic effort.
The EU announced the additional measures late on Friday but said they could be suspended if Moscow withdraws its troops from Ukraine.
EU and US officials said sanctions against Russia would be announced on Russia on Friday.
Popov said that US and NATO leaders reassured Moscow that they are not Russia’s enemy and would never attack Russia.
Ban Ki-moon’s comments came after European-mediated talks on the fast-escalating crisis opened in Minsk.
Ultra-loose monetary policies followed by major central banks have failed to bring about recovery.
The foreign ministry said the sides focused on ways to quickly halt fighting and establish Ukraine’s control over its border with Russia .
Donetsk People’s Republic’s Dy Premier Andrei Purgin urged Kiev to “immediately conclude such an agreement” with the rebels.
The two leaders agreed that their preference remains a bilateral ceasefire, fully supported by Russia.
Relations between Russia and the U.S. have deteriorated as the two countries have struggled to find common ground in Ukraine.
Russia insisted that the week-long unilateral ceasefire that Poroshenko ordered on Friday be extended over the long term.
Russia pressures Ukraine for abiding the Geneva agreement. Plans to submit a draft resolution to UN Sec. Council.
The roughly 15-minute conversation on the sidelines of a lunch for world leaders in France was casual and didn’t rise to the level of a formal bilateral meeting.
In March, US and its most important allies retaliated for Putin’s military occupation and subsequent annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Rebels shot down a military helicopter amid heavy fighting around Slovyansk killing at least 12 soldiers.