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A new petitions is calling for Obama to levy sanctions on Ukraine. The petition was posted on the White House website and is urging the Obama Administration to impose personal sanctions on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the country’s cabinet of ministers. The move was triggered by Kiev’s decision to suspend its European Union integration drive. The sudden reversal is seen as a major triumph for Russia’s long-running efforts to limit Western influence in the region. Moscow has long been pushing Ukraine to join the Russian-led Customs Union, which also comprises Kazakhstan and Belarus. The Voice of Russia discussed it with Leonid Shmatenko, Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant in International Law at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.