New US Sanctions Against Russia-April 6, 2022 18:24

(Explanation, updated with Biden statement)

Alexandra Alper and Nandita Bose

Washington, April 6 (Reuters)-The United States announced new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday after Washington and Kieu accused Moscow of being the origin of Ukraine’s war crimes.

U.S. officials said the new sanctions would target Sberbank SBER.MM, a major Russian bank that accounts for almost one-third of the country’s total banking assets, and Alfa Bank, a private bank.

Transactions in the energy sector are not subject to sanctions, they said.

The United States is also attacking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aides by imposing sanctions on the latter two daughters. The wife and daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov, as well as members of the Russian Security Council, are also targeted.

The White House has announced that Joe Biden will sign a presidential directive banning Americans from making “new investments in Russia” to further isolate Moscow from the global economy.

“Russia will soon pay a high price for the atrocities in Butcha,” Joe Biden said on Twitter about the Ukrainian town where many bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops. ..

“Today, we are announcing a new round of catastrophic sanctions with our allies and partners,” the President of the United States added.

Sberbank and Alfa Bank said shortly after these announcements that the new sanctions would not have a significant impact on their activities.

Britain has announced measures against Russia, but European Union diplomats have failed to agree on sanctions for the fifth round, three sources familiar with the debate told Reuters. nL5N2W44PM nL5N2W44L8

Further isolate Moscow

A senior government official told reporters that the United States has “significantly intensified” Russia’s financial shock by isolating Russia’s largest bank.

“In reality, the country is in economic, financial and technological isolation,” he said. “And at this speed, it will return to the standard of living of the Soviet era of the 1980s.”

To increase pressure on Vladimir Putin, the United States is also attacking “major Russian state-owned enterprises” to undermine the ability to fund the Kremlin’s war effort.

According to the White House, the Treasury will disclose the names of the affected entities on Thursday.

Ukrainian officials accused Russian troops of committing a “genocide” in the town of Butcha, about 40 kilometers north of Kieu, on Sunday. Short distance.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the atrocities were part of a deliberate Russian campaign.

Moscow, which claims to have launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, denied targeting civilians, and the images of civilians carried out were “giant tampering” staged by the West. Met.

(Report by Alex Alper and Nandita Bose, written by Susan Heavey, edited by French version Laetitia Volga, Jean-Michel Bélot and Matthieu Protard)