US administration discusses new measures for Russia, says State Department

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Ukraine and some U.S. lawmakers have pushed to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, but U.S. officials have said there could be unintended consequences, including delaying food exports and jeopardizing trade agreements. transportation of goods across the Black Sea.

The Biden administration is discussing with Congress new economic measures to penalize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the US State Department announced on Wednesday.

“We are discussing similar measures with Congress,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press briefing, noting President Joe Biden’s statement last week that he would not endorse the designation of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Ukraine and some U.S. lawmakers have pushed for such a designation, but U.S. officials have said there could be unintended consequences, including delaying food exports and jeopardizing cargo transportation agreements. across the Black Sea.

“We have to consider consequences, both intended and unintended. And that led us to the approach we’ve taken here,” Price said. “We are engaging with Congress on tools that would continue to have analogous implications for the Russian economy, for the Russian government, that would not have these unintended consequences.”

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