US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Sunday that sanctions on Russia’s energy sector are not off the table as the US continues to punish the country for its invasion of Ukraine.
“We didn’t take anything off the table. We’re continuing to look at it,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union when asked if such sanctions would hurt the US economy.
“We’re going up while the Russians are going up. So there’s more to come. And while power is not on – in this recent announcement, that doesn’t mean it’s off the table, but we also want to do what we can to protect our own economy from the effects of it,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
The UN ambassador told Bash that charges against Russians for war crimes before a military tribunal are also “on the table”.
Ukraine has accused Russia of committing war crimes when it pursued civilian goals and called for Moscow to be tried by a military court. Russia says its forces are only targeting military installations and not residential areas.
Thomas Greenfield comments come as the US continues to ramp up its response to Russia.
The White House, along with the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada, announced Saturday night that it would ban certain Russian banks from SWIFT, the high-security network that connects thousands of financial institutions around the world. Pledge to “work together to ensure that this war is a strategic failure for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”