Isolating Russia is proving to be no easy task
The revival of what appear to be Russian-orchestrated separatist movements in eastern Ukraine on April 6 has renewed interest in applying tougher sanctions on Russian businesses.
On April 7, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney warned that “if Russia moves into eastern Ukraine, either overtly or covertly, this would be a very serious escalation,” saying that the US is “prepared to impose further sanctions on sectors of the Russian economy should the situation escalate.” Thus far, US and EU have levied sanctions against top Russian officials, but have stopped short of targeting Russian corporations.
In addition to calling for sanctions against Russian companies, some Western leaders have suggested that American companies should halt operations in Russia.
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