The United States will tighten sanctions on Russia at a NATO summit this week, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried warned on Tuesday.
“Yes, of course we can do more,” Donfried said when asked whether the United States would commit to further sanctions against Russia at the NATO meeting on Thursday. “We continue to do more,” she added, speaking at the POLITICO 28 – Class of 2022 dinner.
Donfried admitted that the US is “very concerned” about the possibility that Russia could use chemical weapons. Asked if using such weapons in Europe is a red line for the US, she warned that Washington had made it clear “that Russia would face massive consequences if it decided to invade Ukraine further.”
Asked whether Western allies would heed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, Donfried said a no-fly zone would mean shooting down Russian planes, and that would “certainly lead to direct military engagement between the US and Russia, which we want to avoid in the interests of global stability.”
Donfried also defended steps taken by Western allies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She said actions on both sides of the Atlantic were not “just words”, adding that there was “an immediate response through sanctions, export controls” and that these measures were “unprecedented”.
“They weren’t even considered in 2014 when Russia occupied Crimea,” she added.
said Donfried US President Joe Biden’s trip to Brussels for the NATO meeting and an EU summit was about “transatlantic solidarity”.
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