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Sanctioning Russia now over Ukraine would undermine deterrence – US’s Blinken

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WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday dismissed the idea of ​​imposing economic sanctions on Russia now, saying it would reduce the West’s ability to deter potential Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The buildup of Russian troops near its border with Ukraine has raised Western concerns about a possible invasion. If Russia makes an incursion, the West has threatened sanctions with far-reaching economic effects. Moscow said it had no intention of invading.

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“As far as sanctions are concerned, the purpose of these sanctions is to deter Russian aggression. And so if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect,” Blinken told CNN’s State of the Union program in an interview.

Blinken said if an additional Russian force entered Ukraine aggressively, it would trigger a significant response.

When asked if the United States had its hands tied on Ukraine because of its need for Russian support in separate talks on containing Iran’s nuclear program, Blinken, speaking to the program “Face the Nation ” from CBS, replied: “Not at all”. (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Scott Malone and Lisa Shumaker)