Key aides to US President Joe Biden recognize that Washington’s ability to impose new unilateral sanctions against Russia is largely exhausted.
This is stated in an article published on Wednesday in The New York Times, writes TASS.
The article states that the new US administration previously, in particular, criticized the events in Russia and Myanmar. “In both cases, Biden made it clear that sanctions would soon follow – a favorite American instrument of influence, albeit overused,” the newspaper notes.
At the same time, according to the newspaper, “Biden’s key aides admitted” that, as one of them noted, with regard to Russia, the United States “has largely used up the resource of sanctions.” The newspaper does not specify what kind of assistant to the American president is in question.
The article states: “In the vastly different cases with Myanmar and Russia, Biden will have to learn that the years of sanctions fatigue that worsened under [45th US President Donald] Trump’s administration, as well as the decline in American influence, will make it much more difficult to keep promises. than when he was vice president. “
The publication notes that “US sanctions in recent years have been less formidable.” As emphasized in the publication, the United States has repeatedly introduced restrictions against the Russian Federation, China, Iran, however, it was not able to get from these countries what Washington wanted.
The article provides the opinion of the former US permanent representative to NATO, Ivo Daalder, who heads the Chicago Council on International Affairs. According to him, the United States “fell into a trap”, believing that “sanctions are a simple answer to any problem.” “They show that you care and you are forcing you to pay the price, but usually this is not enough to change the course of action,” he said. “It should be remembered that they are often approached by presidents because everything else seems too expensive,” Daalder added.
The newspaper notes that while preparing possible new anti-Russian restrictions, Biden’s assistants intend to “actively coordinate their actions with allies in terms of exerting pressure.”