Biden warns ‘there is no immediate sanction’ as US and allies target Russia over Ukraine invasion


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President Biden, in a new interview published on Saturday, warned that there were “no immediate sanctions”, just as the United States and its allies are using sanctions as their main tool to target Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

“You have two options. Start World War III, physically go to war with Russia. Or two, make sure a country that acts so contrary to international law ends up paying the price for doing so.” , he said in an interview. with Brian Tyler Cohen when discussing options for dealing with the invasion by Moscow.

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Biden announced several waves of sanctions against Russia this week, including Thursday when he announced sanctions that would target four other major Russian banks, including VTB, and also impose limits on exports.

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The sanctions also target Russian elites: Sergei Ivanov and his son Sergei, Andrey Patrushev and his son Nikolai, Igor Sechin and his son Ivan, Andrey Puchkov, Yuriy Solviev and two real estate companies he owns, Galina Ulyutina and Alexander Vedyakhin, have said the United States. .

Other countries have also imposed sanctions on Russia, targeting banks, corporations and oligarchs. But Biden on Thursday played down the immediate effectiveness of the sanctions, saying “no one expected the sanctions to stop anything from happening” – despite previous messages from his White Hoe that claimed the sanctions were designed to deter and prevent.

In the new interview, Biden said people shouldn’t expect an immediate effect from the sanctions.

“And there is no immediate sanction,” he said. |It’s not like you can sanction someone and say ‘you can’t be the president of Russia anymore.'”

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“But I think, I know these sanctions are the broadest sanctions in history, and economic sanctions and political sanctions,” he said.

He said his goal was to keep NATO and the Europeans on the same page.

“Because the only thing I think Putin thought he could do was split NATO, creating a big opening for him to walk through. And that didn’t happen. If you notice. That’s the total unanimity,” he said.

Earlier this week, the White House came under fire after Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh said sanctions imposed on Russia are “not designed to disrupt” Russian energy exports.

“Our sanctions are not designed to disrupt the current flow of energy from Russia to the world,” Singh said. noted.

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Singh then reiterated the comment saying that “our measures were not designed to disrupt in any way the current flow of energy from Russia to the world.”

Singh added that the sanctions are aimed at degrading Russia’s “long-term” energy capability, but nothing in the “short term”.

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.




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