The US and allies are prepared to discuss with Russia in talks about Ukraine the possibility of each side restricting military exercises and missile deployments in the region, a senior US official said on Saturday.
With crucial talks set to start on Monday in Geneva, the Biden administration official said the US was not willing to discuss limits on US troop deployments or the US force posture in Nato countries in the region.
Joe Biden has warned Russia will face severe economic consequences if Vladimir Putin were to launch an invasion of Ukraine. US officials on Saturday provided more details on sanctions that could be imposed.
One restriction, as described by a source familiar with the plan, could target critical industrial sectors including defense and civil aviation and would hit Russia’s hi-tech ambitions, such as in artificial intelligence or quantum computing, or even consumer electronics.
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