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More Russia Sanctions Are Coming, Biden Officials Tell Senators

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A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC in April 2021.

A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia in Washington, DC in April 2021.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The US and its allies are planning more sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, a senior Biden administration official told senators Wednesday, as lawmakers lamented that punishments so far haven’t deterred President Vladimir Putin.

“There will be more packages,” Ambassador James O’Brien, who heads the State Department’s Office of Sanctions Coordination, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “We are working on more sanctions. Our European colleagues have said they will continue.”