Blinken Meets With European Counterparts And Chancellor Scholz In Berlin CNN anchor Dana Bash questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a Sunday morning interview, asking why President Joe Biden seemed content to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the first move with regard to Ukraine.
Bash hosted Blinken on Sunday’s broadcast of “State of the Union,” and she pressed him on the fact that the Biden administration had thus far opted not to impose economic sanctions on Russia despite Putin’s continued posturing and a number of indicators that suggested he might be preparing to invade Ukraine.
“Ukrainian President Zelensky is calling for the U.S. and others, Europeans, to put sanctions in place now, to do it proactively, not reactively. He said, quote, ‘Today our partners are saying that war may start tomorrow if there was a powerful escalation on the Russian side and then there will be powerful sanctions applied.’ The question is why are you not introducing sanctions now rather than waiting until after the escalation. What’s your answer to that?” Bash asked.
“First of all, Dana, as I said, we are not waiting. We are doing a lot right now,” Blinken insisted, saying that the United States was “taking the lead” on coordinating what he said would be “massive consequences” that would be implemented if Russia were to make a move against Ukraine in the coming days or weeks.
“In Ukraine we’re providing — and last year alone provided more military assistance to Ukraine than any year in the past. We’ve been going against those inside Ukraine trying to destabilize the government. We’re taking concrete action,” Blinken continued.
“But you’re not imposing the sanctions?” Bash pressed.
“When it comes to sanctions, the purpose of those sanctions is to deter Russian aggression. So if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect,” […]
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