US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new round of economic sanctions against Russian banks, elites and exports in response to his military incursion into Donbass.
“Today I am authorizing strong additional sanctions, and new limitations on what can be exported to Russia. This will impose a high cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and in the long term," he said during an address from the White House.
The president indicated that he has achieved a coordinated position with the leaders of the United Kingdom, the European Union and Japan.
“I just spoke to the G7 leaders this morning and we are in complete and complete agreement. We will limit Russia's ability to do business in dollars, euros, pounds and yen, to be part of the global economy," he noted.
Another target of US sanctions are Russian state companies, whose access to the debt market will be blocked.
The US will sanction four more Russian banks and cut off more than half of Russia's technology imports.
In addition, Washington will restrict half of technological imports, as well as trade in certain goods, to prevent the modernization of Russian industry."
"We also add names to the list of Russian (elites) and their relatives who are sanctioned," he said.
However, he dismissed Ukraine's request to remove Russia from the Swift s interbank network for not being a "position" shared by the Europeans and assured that the other financial sanctions announced would have "as much or more impact" than that measure requested by Ukraine.
Biden also said that he “does not anticipate speaking with Putin”
Deployment of US troops in Germany
The Pentagon will send an additional 7.000 troops to Germany, a senior US official in Washington announced on Thursday.
The objective of this new deployment, which will take place in the coming days, is "to reassure NATO allies, deter a Russian attack and be prepared to support the needs of the region," the official said.
US President Joe Biden had already ordered several thousand troops into Europe amid heightened tensions.
Some troops were redeployed closer to Russia's borders on Tuesday, and an unspecified number were deployed to the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, says RT.
Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that the objective of the operation is "to protect people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years. They simply did not leave us the option to act otherwise." , Putin sentenced on Thursday before the start of the military operation.
“I have made the decision to carry out a special military operation,” said the president during a special message to Russian citizens, detailing that the objective of the operation is "to protect people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."
The US expels the number two from the Russian embassy in Washington
The United States has expelled the number two man from the Russian embassy in Washington, a State Department official said Thursday, in response to the February 17 expulsion of a US diplomat in Russia.
Sergei Trepelkov was informed on Wednesday that he had to leave the United States, the official said.
The move came after Moscow ordered the deputy head of the US mission in Russia, Bart Gorman, to leave Russian territory.
Gorman's expulsion, made public last week, was in response to previous US actions against Russian diplomats in Washington, the Kremlin said.