Bloomberg: US believes that Europe is ill-prepared for sanctions against Russia The US is unhappy that European countries are slow to agree on a list of potential sanctions against Russia and the conditions for their imposition
The United States is putting pressure on European allies in connection with dissatisfaction with their position regarding sanctions against Russia. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the negotiations between Washington and Brussels.
Washington is dissatisfied with the fact that so far they have not been able to agree on the sanctions that will be imposed in the event of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the agency's interlocutors explain. In addition, according to the United States, European allies are ill-prepared for possible cyber attacks or disinformation campaigns from Russia.
With the Europeans, the United States, in particular, agrees on a list of potential triggers for sanctions— events in which restrictive measures will be put into effect. In addition to sending troops to Ukraine, we are talking about any attempts to stage a coup against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or other actions to destabilize his government, according to Bloomberg.
According to one of the interlocutors of the agency, European officials are NATO meetings this week admitted they were ill-prepared to respond to a “hybrid” Russian attack and would like to know in which cases the US will impose sanctions.
The United States has been threatening the United States with possible sanctions against Russia in connection with the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine since autumn. The State Department and the White House have repeatedly warned that if Russia invades Ukraine, then severe sanctions will follow. The sanctions rhetoric has not stopped, despite the talks between Russia, the United States and NATO countries on security guarantees that took place this week in Geneva and Brussels.
On January 12, the US Senate published a draft of a new package of sanctions against Russia in the event of its “invasion” ; to Ukraine, which turned out to be one of the toughest in recent times. The document provides for restrictions on the leadership of Russia, public debt, the banking sector and the Nord Stream 2 project. However, the Democratic senators failed to achieve its adoption.
European countries, in particular Germany, are more moderate about possible sanctions. Thus, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht urged not to involve Nord Stream 2 in the conflict over the situation in Ukraine. She stressed that this is an economic project.
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