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Biden huddles with European allies on Ukraine ahead of Putin call

Dec 7, 2021 – World, Dave Lawler

State of play: The U.S. has been coordinating sanctions with European allies to be triggered if Putin proceeds.

  • A senior administration official told reporters Monday that the U.S. is also prepared to send additional military aid to Ukraine and increase its troop presence, capabilities and military exercises on NATO’s “eastern flank” in response to a Russian incursion.

Yes, but: The U.S. has no intention of using military force to defend Ukraine, and Putin is “not afraid of sanctions at all,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of Moscow-based political analysis firm R.Politik.

  • The most drastic sanctions move reportedly under discussion would involve disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT international payments system. Russia’s central bank has already worked with Russian banks to prepare for that scenario, Stanovaya noted.

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