If Russia invades Ukraine, the Biden administration will consider sanctions and other economic consequences “the likes of which we have not looked at before,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on Sunday.
Why it matters: Kirby’s comments come as the leading Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced progress on a major congressional sanctions package.
- The sticking point remains whether the most forceful deterrent would be to sanction nowor underscore the threat of futuresanctions, which is the strategy adopted by Kirby and the White House.
- The U.S. has warned of an “imminent” Russian invasion, though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pushed back on Western warnings and media coverage, warning that the “panic” is destabilizing Ukraine’s economy.
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