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russia: Sanctioning Russia now over Ukraine would undercut deterrence – U.S.’s Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday rebuffed the concept of imposing economic sanctions on Russia now, saying that doing so would undercut the West’s skill to discourage potential Russian aggression towards Ukraine.

Russia’s massing of troops close to its border with Ukraine has sparked Western considerations that it might invade. If Russia does make an incursion, the West has threatened sanctions with far-reaching financial results. Moscow has stated it has no plans to invade.

“When it comes to sanctions, the purpose of those sanctions is to deter Russian aggression. And so if they are triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect,” Blinken advised CNN’s “State of the Union” program in an interview.

Blinken stated if yet another Russian drive entered Ukraine in an aggressive method, that would set off a big response.

Asked if U.S. palms have been tied over Ukraine due to its want for Russian assist in separate talks on reining Iran’s nuclear program, Blinken, talking to CBS’s “Face the Nation” program, replied: “Not in the least.”

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