According to Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Jeremiah Sullivan, President Joe Biden, and US allies plan to impose more sanctions on Russia on Thursday in response to the country’s continued invasion of Ukraine.
“There will be concerted measures to strengthen European energy security, as well as additional American humanitarian help to Ukraine.” Jake Sullivan says.
Biden, who will appear at the European Council summit and attend a special NATO meeting, is expected to stress the importance of enforcing the avalanche of existing measures declared by the US and its allies.
“He will join our colleagues in slapping further sanctions on Russia and tightening current measures to combat evasion and assure effective enforcement,” Sullivan said during a Tuesday briefing, a preview of Biden’s upcoming trip to Europe, which begins on Wednesday.
“At long last,” Sullivan added, the president “will announce collaborative action on boosting European energy security and lowering Europe’s dependence on Russian gas NG00, -0.52 percent.”
Biden is also expected to announce “further American contributions to a coordinated humanitarian response to alleviate the suffering of civilians inside Ukraine and to respond to the growing flow of refugees,” according to the national security adviser.
Also, according to Sullivan, the president will meet with American troops in Poland and “talk with allies on longer-term adjustments to NATO force posture on the eastern flank.”
When asked about the fresh penalties, Sullivan said he didn’t want to “get ahead of an announcement, which will be put out in cooperation with our friends on Thursday, when the president has the opportunity to talk with them — that’s on a further package of measures.”
Poland’s leaders have urged for a Western peacekeeping team to intervene in Ukraine, a move that the US and other allies fear may widen the conflict.
Biden will also “announce coordinated action on boosting European energy security and lowering Europe’s reliance on Russian gas,” according to Sullivan.