Biden to Sanction Putin Directly as Ukraine Invasion Escalates

Biden to Sanction Putin Directly as Ukraine Invasion Escalates

Left: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia’s attack on Ukraine in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., February 24, 2022. Right: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 3, 2021. (Leah Millis, Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters)

President Biden will sanction Russian president Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov directly as the Kremlin escalates a bloody full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said today.

The White House had held off from imposing personal sanctions on Putin for the last couple days but promised to keep the option on the table. The sanctions package announced earlier this week primarily targeted Russian oligarchs and cronies of Putin, their families, and Russian banks.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced Friday that he will impose sanctions against Putin and Lavrov “imminently.”

So far, the U.S. has strategy has been to slap Russia with sanctions to deter Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

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