The United States is eyeing a sanction of Russia’s central bank that would cut off $643 billion of cash reserves. The US wants to move in unison with Europe for maximum impact.
The big sanction is coming:
NEWS: US is eyeing sanctions on Russia’s central bank, I’m told, a move that would target much of the $643b reserves Putin has amassed
A final decision hasn’t been made but admin aims to make each move in conjunction with allies across Europe for maximum impact
— Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) February 26, 2022
The reason why Biden isn’t rolling every punitive sanction out at once is that sanctions are most effective when they have strength in numbers. American sanctions won’t be as impactful without the rest of the world behind them. President Biden has so far lined up two-thirds of the global economy to sanction Russia.
Biden is still talking with India about their role, and it was telling that the Chinese abstained from the UN Security Council vote on the resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.
There are larger and more crippling sanctions coming against Putin and Russia.
The Russian economy was already weak before the invasion, and Biden is setting out to turn Putin’s country into North Korea.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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