The sanctions include freezing the assets of Russian politicians and imposing travel bans on them. The US administration released the details on Saturday shortly after midnight Poland time.
In its statement, the US Treasury confirmed that imposing sanctions is an extremely rare step, and that Vladimir Putin is joining a small group of leaders such as Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Alexander Lukashenko of Syria. Belarus.
– We have been studying this solution for some time (…) The US President’s strong view is to take actions and steps in line with our European partners, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, referring to the sanctions announced earlier on Friday. by the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Psaki did not rule out further sanctions, including in the Russian energy sector, saying that “all options are on the table.” “Our sanctions are meant to harm the Russian economy, not ours, so that’s a key balance we’re trying to maintain,” she stressed. She added that sanctions on the energy sector could raise oil and gas prices and, as a result, enrich Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Administration representative, Joe Biden, also announced that the United States was open to accepting refugees from Ukraine, though she estimated that the majority of those fleeing the invasion would likely want to stay in Europe.
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