U.S. Aims Sanctions at Pro-Russian Agents as Blinken Plans Ukraine, Russia Meetings

The U.S. is planning financial sanctions on professional-Russian agents in Ukraine as Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to Europe to meet the Ukrainian leadership and his Russian counterpart, section of a clearly show of diplomacy and pressure that Washington hopes will dissuade Russia from invading its neighbor, U.S. officials mentioned.

As pressure mounts for the U.S. and its European allies to consider swift action to discourage Russian escalation, the coming action against men and women in Ukraine fairly than the Russian government underscores some of the administration’s desire in exhausting diplomatic avenues with Moscow, officials mentioned. The U.S. and its allies hope for a diplomatic breakthrough soon after four rounds of talks last 7 days failed to slim the gap between Moscow and Western nations.