US President Joe Biden defended this Saturday the sanctions imposed by the US against Russia for its military operation in Ukraine, stating that they are an alternative to a global conflict.
“You have two options: start World War III, go to war with Russia physically, or, two, make sure that a country that acts so contrary to international law ends up paying the price for doing so,” he said. he pointed the president in an interview with journalist Brian Tylen Cohen.
“There’s no sanction that’s immediate. It’s not like you can sanction someone and say, ‘You’re not going to be able to be the president of Russia anymore.’ But I think these sanctions, I know these sanctions are the broadest sanctions in the history,” Biden said.
Likewise, the US president stressed that he has been able to preserve the unity of the West in the face of the situation.
“My goal from the beginning was to make sure that we keep all of NATO and the European Union on the same page. Because the only thing I think Putin thought he could do was split NATO, creating a huge gap,” Biden said.
In the early hours of Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to carry out “a special military operation to defend Donbass.”
In the days that followed, several countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, as well as the European Union, announced new sanctions against large banks and companies and against political and financial elites in Russia. In addition, Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have also been personally sanctioned by the European Union and Canada.
Also, this Saturday the US, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada agreed to disconnect from the SWIFT interbank system all Russian banks already sanctioned by the international community and, if deemed necessary, other Russian banks.