casa Blanca deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh told reporters said that had the Biden administration “unleashed our entire package of financial sanctions preemptively,” Putin still likely would have invaded Ukraine.
“Number one, President Putin might have said, ‘Look, these people are not serious about diplomacy. They’re not engaging in a good-faith effort to promote peace, instead they’re escalating,"” Singh hypothesized. “And that could provide a justification for him to escalate and invade.
“en segundo lugar, he could look at it as a sunk cost,” él continuó. “En otras palabras, President Putin could think, ‘I’ve already paid the price, why don’t I actually take what I paid for, which is Ukraine’s freedom.’ So that’s what we wanted to avoid.
“Por último, the goal of our sanctions is to make this a strategic failure for Rusia,” él agregó. “Strategic success in the 21st century is not about a physical land grab of territory. That’s what Putin has done. In this century, strategic power is increasingly measured and exercised by economic strength, by technological sophistication, and your story – who you are, what your values are, can you attract good ideas and talent and goodwill? And on each of those measures this will be a failure for Russia.”
Earlier Thursday, Biden announced new sanctions on top of previous ones against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, but he later aceptado que “nadie” expected the sanctions to prevent the invasion.
“No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening,” Biden dijo. “This could take time, and we have to show resolve, so he knows what’s coming and so the people of Russia know what he’s brought on them, this is what this is all about.”
This appeared to go against Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments on Sunday that claimed, “The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.” en febrero. 11, national security advisor Jake Sullivan similarly claimed that “sanctions are intended to deter.” El miércoles, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “deterrence is part of our objective.”
Biden stopped short of sanctioning Putin himself Thursday, and he did not announce a ban on Russia from the SWIFT banking system, saying Europe is not on board with such a move.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.