6 Dec. 2021 10:14 p.m.
According to CNN, given Russia’s alleged aggression against Ukraine, Washington is considering the “toughest” anti-Russian sanctions ever, “with the exception of Iran and North Korea.” Among other things, the US wants to cut Russia off from the SWIFT system.
Citing sources that are “supposed to be familiar with” the US television station CNN on Monday reportedthat Washington is currently considering new sanctions against Russia. The measures were intended to “prevent” Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine. The announcement comes just one day before the scheduled video conference between US President Joe Biden and the Russian head of state on the situation around the conflict in eastern Ukraine on December 7th.
The restrictions would be down CNN– Direct allegations against Putin’s inner circle, national debt and Russian energy companies and banks.
In addition, Washington should reserve the option of cutting Russia off from the SWIFT system – the international interbank system for transmitting information and payments. If the threat that the western states had already brought to the table several times in talks with Russia were carried out, it could lead to a temporary paralysis of foreign trade and have a negative impact on many Russian companies. Visa and Mastercard cards would most likely not work in Russia, and residents could face a shortage of goods. The White House temporarily considers the move to be a “nuclear variant,” they said CNN-Sources.
The US is currently to discuss this option with its European partners. Washington hopes that the actions will be coordinated. In the report, one of the sources is cited as follows:
“We have prepared a damn aggressive package.”
The new sanctions are intended according to the assessment of the CNN-Sources are the “toughest” that have ever existed – “with the exception of Iran and North Korea”.
The spokesman for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on the reports on the extension of the sanctions and called them an “information hysteria”:
“This is not really news, but the continuation of an information hysteria that we have been seeing in the media lately.”
Peskow also emphasized that NATO is currently demonstrating an aggressive position. Regarding the upcoming conference between Putin and Biden, the Kremlin spokesman warned that a breakthrough should not be expected from these talks. Peskov compared the current relationship between Moscow and Washington with “Augean stables” that could not be cleared out in “a few hours of conversation”.
On Friday, Biden pointed to the introduction of the new sanctions and declared that he had put together a comprehensive and meaningful package of initiatives “that will make it difficult for Putin to do what many fear”. At the same time, the US head of state emphasized that he would not accept “anyone’s red lines” in response to Russia’s demand for guarantees that NATO would end to eastward expansion.
The situation around the conflict in eastern Ukraine has come to a head in recent weeks. Kiev and the western states accuse Moscow of concentrating troops on the border with Ukraine and are concerned about the alleged danger of a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory. Russia replied that the transfer of Russian troops on Russian territory was not directed against any other state. Moscow, for its part, fears that Kiev is preparing for a large-scale offensive against the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
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