US President Joe Biden announced that he is preparing a package of “initiatives” designed to make Russia’s possible re-invasion of Ukraine “very, very difficult”. He added that he had not spoken to Vladimir Putin recently.
US President Joe Biden assured us of “constant contact with our allies and partners.” “ What I am doing now is preparing what will be the most complete and meaningful set of initiatives to make very, very difficult what people fear Mr. Putin will do, ” said the American leader at the White House in response to a journalist’s question about it. what he will do about Ukraine. He referred to the concerns related to the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.
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Biden added that he had not spoken to Vladimir Putin recently. The president has not commented on Russian media reports about the planned virtual summit of both leaders next week.
Next week in the Senate vote on “the mother of all sanctions”
In recent days, White House officials have signaled unofficially that they support the sanctions package proposed in the Senate by the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, Bob Menendez – called by him “the mother of all sanctions” – containing restrictions against a whole range of Russian oligarchs, banks, state-owned enterprises, and the project Nord Stream 2.
The restrictions, which are likely to be voted on in the Senate next week as an amendment to the defense budget, would be launched by the president in the event of a new Russian aggression against Ukraine.
During the OSCE ministerial meeting in Stockholm, the US foreign minister, Antony Blinken, threatened in turn that Washington was willing to resort to restrictions that it had so far refrained from, and suggested that Russia’s possible offensive would be costly.
Coughing fits during onset
Biden’s words about Russia were made during a press conference after his speech on new labor market data. The president was forced to stop his speech several times due to an attack of coughing.
But he assured him that it was the effect of a cold and that he was fine. He reported that he was undergoing tests against COVID-19 every day and that the result so far has been negative.
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