Biden Announces Sanctions Against Russian Oligarchs, Banks
MOSCOW (AP) — President Joe Biden has announced the U.S. is ordering heavy financial sanctions against Russian banks and oligarchs.
He declared he was responding to what he said was Moscow flagrantly violating international law with what he called the “beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine."
The U.S. president said he was also moving additional U.S. troops to the Baltic states on NATO’s eastern flank.
Biden made his comments shortly after Russian lawmakers authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside their country — in Ukraine.
Biden joined the 27 European Union members who unanimously agreed on Tuesday to levy their own initial set of sanctions targeting Russian officials over their actions in Ukraine.