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Janet Yellen takes on the challenge of keeping the pressure on Russia, while tackling the global consequences

WASHINGTON — How to balance a pressure campaign against Russia with pressure to deal with growing crises like food insecurity will be a central test for Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other U.S. officials when they meet this week with their global counterparts.

Russia’s war in Ukraine, along with the sanctions campaign that the United States and its allies have waged in response, will be suspended over meetings of finance ministers around the world at meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington this week. While these sanctions efforts have brought the United States and its allies closer together, they also lay bare deep differences within the broader Group of 20 major economies, which includes Russia, China and India, as well as allies Europeans.