KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here Sunday that the United States and European countries should act collectively to impose sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
"We're going to be in a stronger position to deter Mr. Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified rather than this is just a U.S.-Russian conflict, " Obama said at a joint press conference after meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Obama said although an international agreement had been signed to de-escalate the crisis, Russia had not lifted a finger to help. "In fact, there is strong evidence that they (Russia) have been encouraging the kinds of activities that have taken place (in Ukraine)," he said.
Obama is on a three-day official visit to Malaysia, which began on Saturday.