On Tuesday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that President Biden and the US’s European allies will be announcing further sanctions against Russia this week as the Western powers continue their economic campaign against Moscow.
“He will join our partners in imposing further sanctions on Russia and tightening the existing sanctions to crack down on evasion and to ensure robust enforcement,” Sullivan said.
Biden is expected to make the announcement on Thursday when he is in Brussels, where he will attend an emergency NATO meeting and join a European Council summit. The following day, Biden will travel to Poland, where he will meet with President Andrzej Duda.
Sullivan wouldn’t specify what the new sanctions will entail but said they would enforce current sanctions by “ensuring that there is joint effort to crack down on evasion, sanctions busting, on any attempt by any country to help Russia basically undermine, weaken, or get around the sanctions.”
Besides the sanctions, Biden is expected to discuss the US and NATO’s military posture in Europe. There are currently more than 100,000 US troops in Europe for the first time since 2005 as the US built up its forces in countries that border Ukraine and Russia, and more could be deployed.
A Pentagon official said Tuesday that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is joining Biden in Brussels and Poland, has not ruled out deploying even more troops to Eastern Europe.