The United States has largely settled on the options for sanctions against Russia should it invade Ukraine and will be prepared to impose them as soon as any tanks roll, senior Biden administration officials said on Wednesday.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told a small group of reporters that the sanctions are in line with President Joe Biden’s vow to hit Russia with severe economic consequences if it invades Ukraine.
“We don’t just have options that are theoretical with memos written about them,” one official said. “We have sanctions targets ready to go to be issued as you say when the tanks cross the border.”
The officials would not describe the actions ready to be taken, but other sources have said discussions with allies and partners in Europe and Asia included a range of trade restrictions under consideration.