U.S. President Joe Biden has rejected a package of sanctions against Russia three times, as he thought the proposed measures were not tough enough. It was reported on November 15 by the newspaper Politico.
“When National Security Council officials approached President Joe Biden with a package of sanctions to be imposed on Russia earlier this year, he sent them back three times,” the media reported.
Journalists noted that some high-ranking U.S. politicians have a tough stance on Russia, while others advocate a cautious approach in relations between Washington and Moscow, believing that the countries should cooperate.
The first group includes State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the second includes National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and climate spokesman John Kerry.
Earlier, on November 3rd, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said there is a possibility that the United States would impose new sanctions against Russia. At the same time, Antonov pointed out that trade and economic relations between Moscow and Washington are developing.
The day before, Antonov pointed out that there have been small positive shifts in U.S.-Russian relations over the past year. He noted that the countries also resumed a professional dialogue on strategic stability and cybersecurity. In addition, there has been a steady dialogue on security councils and foreign policy issues. The parties are discussing climate issues, development and protection of the Arctic, as well as continuing trade relations, the ambassador said.
In this case, on October 26 the American edition of The Washington Post declared about the ineffectiveness of the American sanctions policy. Journalists of the newspaper studied the imposed U.S. restrictive measures, noting that this method of political pressure does not bring the desired results.
Similar conclusions about the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions in 2019 came from members of a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. They said that Russia has reduced its dependence on the West and is actively establishing business and political relations with countries such as China, India and Saudi Arabia.