Sanctions preventing Russia from replacing weapons used in war against Ukraine, says Blinken

5 December 2022, 11:21 AM
Antony Blinken (Photo:Kevin Wolf/Pool via REUTERS)

Antony Blinken (Photo:Kevin Wolf/Pool via REUTERS)

Russia has an inability to replace the weapons its using in the war against Ukraine due to sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told U.S. cable channel CNN on Dec. 4.

According to Blinken, “the costs are accumulating every single day, because the impact of the sanctions is both immediate but then it grows over time.”

“And what we’re seeing is Russia having an inability to replace the weapons it’s using, in large part because of the export controls that we put in place, meaning they can’t get the spare parts, they can’t bring things in from the outside,” he said.

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Blinken added that sanctions placed on Russia are devastating their economy, which is weakening its ability to wage war.

The U.S. official emphasized that Western allies are constantly looking at different measures that they can take in order increase the pressure on Russia.

Earlier on Nov. 30, Blinken said that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s strategy to freeze and exhaust Ukrainians had failed.

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