Biden says he spoke to G7 leaders this week about possible additional sanctions on Russia

A composite image showing US President Joe Biden (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (right). Dmytro Smolyenko via Getty/Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would speak with other leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies this week about possible additional sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine.

“We are always open to additional sanctions,” Biden told reporters, when asked about the US plans after the European Union proposed its toughest sanctions yet against Russia on Wednesday, including a phased oil embargo.

Biden added:

I will speak to the members of the G7 this week about what we are going to do or not do.

Russia has stepped up its offensive in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, nearly 10 weeks into a war that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and leveled Ukrainian cities.

Russia also stepped up attacks on targets in western Ukraine, saying it was disrupting Western arms deliveries, and close Russian ally Belarus announced large-scale military exercises.

The new measures announced by the EU include sanctions against Russia’s main bank and a ban on Russian broadcasters from European airwaves, as well as a six-month embargo on crude oil.

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