The United States and Western countries are deeply concerned about the increase in Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. They fear that Moscow is considering an invasion of the Eastern European country. The newspaper wrote that the list of possible sanctions includes arming anti-Russian fighters in Ukraine if an invasion actually occurs.
Washington was also said to have consulted with allies about the possibility of cutting off major Russian financial institutions from international payments. Those plans have now been leaked on the eve of summit meetings to prevent further escalation.
Russia is in talks with the United States and NATO this week. Moscow wants, among other things, a guarantee that neighboring Ukraine cannot join this alliance. Since the fall of the communist Soviet Union, many former Soviet countries have joined NATO. Much to the chagrin of Russia. Diplomats are afraid New York times That the Russians could later announce that their concerns had not been adequately addressed. This could serve as a justification for military action.
Americans were looking closely at the impact of the sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014. This happened after the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. The White House later concluded that these measures were harmful to the Russian economy, but not so painful that Putin had to back off.
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