The American authorities are considering imposing new sanctions against the Russian Federation in case Moscow resorts to invading Ukraine. This refers, in particular, to imposing restrictions on the import of phones and spare parts for aircraft and cars into the country, Reuters reports, citing sources in the White House.
According to them, these measures can be imposed together with previously agreed economic sanctions. The new restrictions discussed in the Joe Biden administration today will become unprecedented for the RF. According to one of the outlet’s sources, the "extraordinary" export controls could cut off Russia's access to a wide range of industrial and consumer technologies.
US officials intend to consult with key European and Asian partners who may be involved in potential restrictive measures and could be of some assistance with their implementation, the Reuters’ source adds.
The Russian mobile phone market is dominated by foreign companies Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.
Context. On December 7, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, held negotiations. After the talks completion, the White House and the Kremlin each published their own version of the course of the conversation and its results.