Biden and his allies say in the appeal that they will continue to increase Russia’s costs for the invasion of Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden listens as he meets with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto to discuss ‘Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2022. REUTERS /Evelyn Hockstein

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WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and the leaders of France, Germany and Britain on Monday affirmed in a video call their determination to continue raising the costs of Russia for its “unprovoked and unjustified invasion”. of Ukraine”. said House.

Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “underlined their commitment to continue providing security, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement. .

NATO nations have boosted their presence in the Baltics since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 and more troops and equipment are on the way, policymakers said.

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After Russia invaded Ukraine, the White House imposed sanctions on technology exports to Russian refineries and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was never launched. So far, he has refrained from targeting Russia’s oil and gas exports as the Biden administration weighs the impacts on global oil markets and U.S. energy prices.

The United States and its European partners are considering banning Russian oil imports, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, but stressed the importance of a stable global oil supply.

Two sources told Reuters on Monday that the Biden administration was willing to move forward with a ban on Russian oil imports into the United States without the involvement of allies in Europe. Read more

Oil prices have soared over the past week after the United States and its allies sanctioned Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

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Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Chris Gallagher; Editing by Toby Chopra and Chizu Nomiyama

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