CBS Reports ‘Technical Difficulties’ With Putin Sanctions

CBS: US decides not to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin for now According to channel sources, the White House has decided to refrain from personal restrictions on the Russian president for the time being, so as not to impede the process of negotiations with him

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The US authorities have decided not to impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin for the time being, CBS reports.

“The United States could impose sanctions against Putin, but decided not to do so yet,” — TV correspondent Margaret Brennan said. According to her sources, the measures against the head of state would lead to “technical difficulties.” “If you impose sanctions on those with whom you want to negotiate, how will they travel? In terms of coordination, everything also becomes more complicated,»— the journalist explained.

More effective in this situation would be “pressure on the oligarchs close to [Putin], their business structures and bank accounts”, so that these businessmen, in turn, influence Putin, added Brennan.

On January 25, President Joe Biden said he might consider imposing sanctions against Putin if Russia invades Ukraine.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously said that the imposition of personal sanctions against the president would be an “outrageous measure” comparable to breaking off relations.

Restrictions on the president were proposed by US senators. Sanctions against Putin are contained in the draft restrictions prepared by the Democrats. In addition to the Russian president, the list also includes Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and seven other people. In addition, it is proposed to impose sanctions against at least three organizations from the list: Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, VEB, RDIF, MCB, Alfa-Bank, Rosselkhozbank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Sovcombank, Transcapitalbank.

Another bill on personal sanctions against the Russian leader was introduced by Republican Marco Rubio. His document provides for measures not only against individuals, but also against companies operating in the energy, financial, mining and aerospace sectors. He also suggested disconnecting Russian banks from the SWIFT system.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price on Wednesday, January 26, stressed that Washington did not want to introduce “unprecedented in scale” measures against Moscow. sanctions due to the situation around Ukraine, but are ready for such a scenario if the crisis cannot be resolved by diplomatic means. Price noted that possible sanctions relate to export controls. According to him, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014, a similar package of measures was already considered, but was rejected.

According to Reuters, the industry group representing Chevron, General Electric and other large companies, the American Institute of Petroleum and Energy enterprises asked the White House and Congress not to immediately impose sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but to limit their scope and timing.

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