MANILA — President Obama, declaring that Russia was continuing to bully and threaten Ukraine, said here on Monday that the United States would impose additional sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, as well as freezing some exports of military technology.
The announcement, during a visit by Mr. Obama to the Philippines, was widely expected. Last week, the president said that the sanctions were “teed up” and were being delayed only by technical issues and the need to coordinate with the European Union.
But Mr. Obama’s decision to announce the sanctions while on the last stop of his weeklong Asian trip underscored the sense of urgency that Russia was destabilizing eastern Ukraine. The European Union is expected to announce its measures within a day or so.
“These sanctions represent the next stage in a calibrated effort to change Russia’s behavior,” Mr. Obama said in a news conference with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines.
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But the president acknowledged, “We don’t yet know whether it is going to work,” and he left the door open to more sweeping sanctions against Russian industries like banking and defense.
Mr. Obama did not specify the names of the Russian individuals or entities on the latest blacklist. The White House and the Treasury Department were scheduled to offer details later on Monday.
Administration officials have said the sanctions would target individuals with ties to President Vladimir V. Putin, though the president insisted that they were not intended to punish him.
“The goal is not to go after Mr. Putin personally; the goal is to change his calculus, to encourage him to walk the walk, not just talk the talk” when it comes to diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, he said.
Mr. Obama said the sanctions would affect high-tech military exports to Russia, because they are not “appropriate to be transferred in the current environment.”
Mr. Obama and Mr. Aquino also promoted a new 10-year agreement between the United States and the Philippines that would give American warships and planes expanded access to bases here.
“This is going to be a terrific opportunity for us to work with the Philippines, to make sure our navies, our air forces are coordinating,” Mr. Obama said.