US prepares diplomatic pressure on Moscow

The United States is preparing financial sanctions against "pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine." The measures are supposed to put diplomatic pressure on Moscow and "dissuade it from invading" the neighboring country.

The sanctions will affect at least four people, they mean the freezing of their assets in the United States. Against whom exactly the restrictions will be introduced, it is not specified. Washington is expected to announce these measures on Thursday, January 20.

The sanctions will be adopted as part of US President Joe Biden's April 2021 executive order targeting individuals involved in Russia's "external aggression".