Joe Biden’s administration struggled to state if economically isolating the world’s largest country would help prevent war in Eastern Europe.
U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris recently shared conflicting views on whether U.S.-Russia sanctions could discourage Vladimir Putin from ordering a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Harris previously claimed the Russian president has already decided to send troops into Ukraine. However, the Democrat now thinks U.S. sanctions against Russian financial institutions and individuals would definitely deter Putin.
“Absolutely, we strongly believe [the sanctions will work,]” she said in a statement.
“These are some of the greatest sanctions, if not the strongest, that we have ever issued … [and] it will exact absolute harm for the Russian economy and their government,” she added.
Harris then claimed Washington’s tough stance would compel Putin to hold talks with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We still sincerely hope that there is a diplomatic path out of this moment,” she said.
“That window is still opening, although it is absolutely narrowing but—within the context of a diplomatic path—still being open, the deterrence effect, we believe, has merit,” she added.
However, Zelensky would much rather see the sanctions imposed immediately without delay.
“We do not need your sanctions after the bombardment will happen and after our country will be fired at, or after we will have no borders—or after we will have no economy or parts of our country will be occupied,” he said according to Fox News. “Why would we need those sanctions then?”
At the time of publication no Russian soldier had unlawfully entered Ukrainian territory.