The American authorities are developing a new package of sanctions, which is designed to deter Russia from a military invasion of Ukraine. Sources told CNN.
According to them, the sanctions include restrictions against the entourage of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian “oligarchs”, measures against banks and energy companies, sanctions against Russian sovereign debt and a potential “nuclear option” – disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT interbank transfer system.
The final decision on when and under what conditions to impose sanctions has not yet been made. The US authorities want to coordinate their actions with European partners, which have closer economic ties with Russia, they told CNN’s interlocutors.
“We put together a damn aggressive package,” one of them said. He added that Moscow has been warned that if it invades Ukraine, the US and Europe will impose the worst economic sanctions that have been applied to any country other than Iran and North Korea.
In the West, in recent weeks, they have been reporting another build-up of Russian troops on the borders with Ukraine. How to claim the sources of American and European media, Russia is planning an invasion of the Ukraine at the beginning of 2022.
Amid the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to hold video link talks on December 7.
Prior to the video call, Biden announced the preparation of “the largest and most meaningful set of initiatives that will make it very difficult for Putin to do what he is feared to do.” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking about possible anti-Russian sanctions, clarified that it will be about “effective economic measures”, which the United States had previously refused.