The United States, having already sanctioned Russia’s defense industry, is considering targeting other sectors involved in the Kremlin-led war effort in Ukraine, a US Department of Health official said on Tuesday. Economy.
“We plan to target sectors that are critical to the Kremlin’s ability to operate its war machine,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said, according to the text of a speech he was to deliver to the think-tank. tank Chatam House in London.
The idea is to “undermine Russia’s ability to build and maintain (its) tools of war,” the official explained.
“In addition to sanctioning companies in sectors that enable the Kremlin’s malign activities, we also plan to take action to disrupt their supply chains,” he said.
In response to the invasion of Ukraine, Washington has already taken numerous actions against Moscow, including last week financial sanctions targeting the country’s defense industry.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken then stressed that Washington would continue to target companies that supply defense equipment from Russia, as well as their own suppliers.
“Now that our actions have blunted Russia’s ability to use its central bank assets to support its economy and finance Putin’s brutal war, we will increasingly focus our efforts on areas that allow Russia to project its power (…)”, underlined Mr. Adeyemo on Tuesday.
The additional sanctions will be taken “in coordination” with other countries also implementing measures against Moscow, the official said.