Jake Sullivan believes Moscow cannot do “business as usual” in international institutions
White House Press National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan © Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a White House press briefing on Tuesday that the issue of Russia’s membership in the G20 amid its offensive in Ukraine could be subject to discussion with European allies, as US President Joe Biden set off on a trip to Europe.
“On the question of the G20, I will just say this: We believe that it cannot be business as usual for Russia in international institutions and in the international community,” he said, answering a question on whether Biden will move to exclude Russia from the group at his meeting with EU allies in Brussels. He added that the US plans to consult its allies and partners before making any final decisions.
In his speech, Sullivan also told reporters that further sanctions on Russia will be announced by President Biden and his European colleagues on Thursday, saying the announcement will focus “not just on adding new sanctions, but on ensuring that there is joint effort to crack down on… evasion, on sanctions busting, on any attempt by any country to help Russia basically undermine, weaken, or get around the sanctions.”