The USA threatens Russia with severe sanctions in case of annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories
The United States , together with its allies and partners, is ready to impose heavy and swift sanctions on Russia if the scenario of annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories continues, White House press secretary Karina Jean-Pierre warned at a press briefing on Friday.
"We stand ready to impose additional swift and severe economic consequences on Russia, along with our allies and partners, in response to these actions if they (Russia) continue down the path of annexation," a White House spokeswoman said.
"We continue to stand firmly with the Ukrainian people and provide them with historic levels of defense assistance to help them protect their territory, to help them defend their freedom," Jean-Pierre emphasized.
She reminded that the USA and other G7 countries issued a joint statement that they will never recognize Russia's claims and Ukraine's sovereign territory, nor will they recognize the results of pseudo-referendums.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly this week, US President Joe Biden called the pseudo-referendums a clear violation of international law, as well as contempt for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, which are the basis of the UN Charter, Jeanpierre said.
"What we're seeing in Russia, especially in terms of the protests and how Russians are fleeing their country, means that this war is not popular among the people," Jean-Pierre said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's current actions are an expression of weakness, not a strong position of the regime, and people's reactions prove it, the spokeswoman of the White House emphasized.