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US imposes sanctions after Putin recognizes Ukraine’s separtists controlled regions

US imposes sanctions after Putin recognizes Ukraine’s separtists controlled regions

Economic sanctions were announced by the US on Monday targeting rebel territory in Eastern Ukraine that had recently been recognised by Russia, and the US warned that more would be imposed if necessary.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to “prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by US persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine,” referring to the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. The directive will “give power to apply sanctions on any person determined to operate in those areas of Ukraine,” according to Psaki, who also noted that the measures are distinct from wider Western penalties set to be implemented “should Russia continue to attack Ukraine.”
The two self-proclaimed Republics already have very limited interactions with people of the United States. The sanctions, on the other hand, signal a new phase in what may quickly become the most serious East-West conflict since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russia’s acknowledgment of separatist territories, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is a sign that President Vladimir Putin is uninterested in diplomacy.
Recognizing the areas’ independence “clearly defies Russia’s declared commitment to diplomacy, and is a flagrant attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Blinken said in a statement. “Russia’s decision is yet another example of President Putin’s disrespect for international law and norms,” he said, adding in a separate tweet that the United States “will take appropriate steps in coordination with partners.” Biden has led a group of European and other US allies in crafting a package of economic sanctions against Russia that they claim will be crippling if Russian soldiers massing on Ukraine’s borders launch an attack.
While the Kremlin has denied invasion plans for weeks, it has amassed a massive force of troops and heavy weapons on three borders of Ukraine. Putin deployed soldiers to the two breakaway regions as part of a “peacekeeping” mission shortly after recognising their independence. The directive says only that it “comes into force from the day it was signed,” with no further specifics or dates offered by Moscow. Daleep Singh, the US deputy national security advisor for international economy, warned on Friday that sanctions will transform Russia into a “pariah” in the international community.

For years, Moscow has provided the separatist rebels with covert financial, political, and military support. Biden had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for 35 minutes after Putin acknowledged the regions as independent, according to the White House, to “reaffirm” the US commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty. He also went over the sanctions plan for Russia.
According to an official, Biden spoke for half an hour with two major European allies, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Putin’s decision was “seriously denounced,” and the three leaders discussed how to coordinate their response.
The White House did not immediately respond to a question about whether a proposed summit between Biden and Putin is still being considered.

By TIS Staffer
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