Washington is pursuing Ukraine’s goals, but not necessarily the way Kiev wants, a senior Treasury official said
FILE PHOTO. A container ship in the port of St. Petersburg. ©Igor Russak / picture alliance via Getty Images
The US is damaging the Russian economy to stop its military attack against Ukraine, but the government is not commenting on the more radical calls from Kiev, like the reported suggestion of blocking Russian trade ships from using international waters, US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo indicated during an interview with CNBC on Monday.
Adeyemo sat down with the network’s senior White House correspondent, Kayla Tausche, to explain how the US was successfully using economic sanctions to hurt the Russian economy with the purported goal of stopping the military offensive against Kiev. Russia is feeling the pain, as evidenced by its continued suspension of the domestic stock trade, devaluation of the ruble, and restrictions on the withdrawal of foreign currency from banks, the official said.
Tausche asked him about the request that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly made to his US counterpart, Joe Biden to block Russia’s access to international waterways. Adeyemo neither confirmed nor denied that Washington was considering the proposal, saying instead that the US was committed to pursuing Ukraine’s cause.
“We’re going to use export controls to degrade [Russia’s] ability to project power into the future, all of which are consistent with what President Zelensky has been asking us to do,” the Treasury’s second most senior officer said.