The Biden administration rejected sanctions against Russia again on Sunday despite a request from Ukraine, according to a new report.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared the information Sunday during CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken doubled down on his warning against a Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying “a single additional Russian force” entering Ukraine “in an aggressive way” would result in a severe response by the US and its allies.https://t.co/mntCUGRnpL
— CNN (@CNN) January 23, 2022
“When it comes to sanctions, the purpose of those sanctions is to deter Russian aggression, so if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect,” Blinken said.
“All of the things that we’re doing, including building up in a united way with Europe, massive consequences for Russia, is designed to factor into President Putin’s calculus and to deter and dissuade them from taking aggressive action, even as we pursue diplomacy at the same time,” he added.
Blinken also noted the interview in a post on Sunday.
“Diplomacy is the preferable path, but we are prepared either way,” he wrote.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) January 23, 2022
The weak response continues to point toward Russia moving ahead without fear of consequences from America, leaving Ukraine in a dangerous situation.