The United States now believes it has taken “major sanctions” against Russia and is focusing on their execution, especially in the fight against any attempt to “escape,” a senior adviser to President Joe Biden promised Thursday.
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“We hope we have taken major sanctions, but we will continue to focus on evasion in the coming days,” he told a news conference with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. .
“We will issue notices in the next two weeks identifying the targets of these escape attempts in Russia and beyond,” he said.
“Of course there is also the question of energy in Europe, which is a constant conversation between Westerners,” said Jack Sullivan, adding that Europeans have not yet banned the purchase of Russian hydrocarbons. Moscow.
The National Security Adviser promised the wealth of Russian oligarchs now frozen due to sanctions, for example their boats or their financial assets: “Our intention is not to return them” at the end of the conflict.
“Our goal is to make the best use of them,” he said.
Some US lawmakers have already called for the sale or dismantling of Russian assets affected by the embargo to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction after the war.