The American authorities may introduce harsh measures against Russian imports in the event of an “invasion” of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, such a possibility is now being considered. This was reported on December 21 by Reuters, citing a source from the administration of President of the United States Joe Biden.
It is noted that the measures will be discussed at a meeting of senior officials at the White House on Tuesday, December 22. They will complement the already existing economic sanctions against Russia.
“The measures could limit Russia’s ability to import smartphones, major aircraft and car components, and materials from many other sectors,” the publication said.
As noted in the material, “unprecedented” restrictions can “block access to a wide range of industrial and consumer technologies”, as a result – affect Russian consumers and industrial enterprises.
The agency, citing a source, clarified that measures against Russia may include “tools used by the administration of the former head of the White House, Donald Trump and promoted by the Biden administration” to block the access of the telecommunications company Huawei (China) to advanced semiconductors.
The US also reportedly plans to hold consultations with partners in Europe and Asia that could encourage tough export controls against Russia.
Earlier, on December 19, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said that the FRG authorities could use threats of sanctions against Russia against the background of the situation with Ukraine.
On December 17, Bloomberg reported that the United States was persuading the European Union to adopt sanctions against the Russian energy sector and banks in the event of an attack on Ukraine. It was about disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT payment system, which, as the agency noted, will affect the energy market and other exports from Russia.
In late November, a number of Western media reported on the possibility of a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. So, on November 21, The New York Times warned, citing information received from the US intelligence services, that allies in Europe urgently need to develop a plan to contain Moscow, which allegedly seeks to attack Ukraine.