Blinken, UK’s Truss discuss additional response to Ukraine invasion

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss discussed on Friday (April 1) further possible measures to sharpen their response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the US State Department said.

The two also discussed next week’s NATO foreign ministers meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“The two discussed the forthcoming NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting and develop further possible measures to sharpen our response to Putin’s continued attack on the Ukrainian people,” Price said.

The United States, Britain and allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow in the five weeks since Russia launched its biggest attack on a European state since World War II. Moscow calls it a “special operation.”

US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo traveled to London earlier this week as part of a trip to Europe to coordinate sanctions with allies over Russia’s attack on Ukraine and discuss the next steps with partners, including targeting critical sectors of the Russian economy.

Adeyemo, speaking in London on Tuesday, warned that the United States and its partners were planning new sanctions against more sectors of Russia’s economy that are crucial to sustaining its invasion of Ukraine, including military supply chains.

He is just one of several US officials who blew out this week to pressure world leaders to continue to put pressure on Moscow or join the campaign for sanctions and other measures, as the initial economic shock for Russia seems to be waning.

Adeyemo also traveled to Brussels, Paris and Berlin, while Deputy National Security Adviser to the International Economy, Daleep Singh, pressured Indian officials in New Delhi, and Blinken discussed the Ukraine war with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Morocco.

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