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Map: Why the EU and U.S. are out of step on Russia sanctions

By Inez Torre, Ivana Kottasova and Irene Chapple, CNN
updated 9:38 AM EDT, Mon March 24, 2014
The U.S. and Europe have reacted against Russia's intervention in the Crimean peninsula with threats of economic punishments. But their positions are different. Here's why.

Russia risks being isolated by the West. The U.S. and Europe have reacted against its intervention in the Crimean peninsula with threats of economic punishments.

But while the U.S. has expanded a visa ban and set the groundwork for sanctions, Europe has so far only threatened to do the same if the crisis cannot be resolved diplomatically.

Analysts point to the different trade relations as one reason Europe is being more cautious.

The map above shows how much the European Union relies on Russia for its energy supplies, while the U.S. is moving towards self-sufficiency.

The EU and Russia have a trade relationship worth more than $460 billion. By contrast, the trade relationship between the U.S. and Russia is worth $38 billion.

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