Russia, which has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the Ukrainian border and sent troops to Belarus for joint military exercises, denies any belligerent intent.
But these maneuvers are raising concerns in the West, which has threatened to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia if it invades Ukraine in particular.
” With regard to sanctions, the purpose of these sanctions is to prevent Russian aggression. And so if they are triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect. »
The US Secretary of State added that if additional Russian troops entered Ukraine aggressively, it would trigger a significant reaction.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last week in washington post that he was in favor of immediate sanctions, a point of view shared on Sunday by some Republican elected officials in the United States Congress.
We must act now. When it comes to pushing back Russia, we have to show strength and not be in a position […] appeasement, Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, told ABC.
Chris Coons, a Democratic senator whose party has a majority in both houses of Congress, pleaded for his part in favor of the adoption of a bipartisan text for, he says,
show resolve and determination and apply sanctions now.
However, he added that it would be preferable to keep the strongest sanctions in reserve.