President Biden said on Wednesday he was ready to ban the import of Russian oil to penalize Moscow for invading Ukraine.
Biden, who has taken heat for not targeting Russia’s energy exports, signaled his willingness to enact new sanctions after asserting in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night that “we were ready” and “we have prepared thoroughly and thoroughly” to meet Russia’s request. attack.
“Do you plan to ban imports of Russian oil?” a reporter asked Biden on the White House lawn as he left for a trip to Wisconsin.
“Nothing is on the table,” the president said.
Biden initially announced limited sanctions last week against Russian state banks and some elite businessmen in response to the invasion.
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After receiving criticism, the president this weekend applied sanctions to Putin’s vast personal wealth and reached an agreement with American allies to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT international banking system.
New York Post