BRUSSELS — The Biden administration is set to impose a second round of sanctions on Russia this week, including two of its biggest banks and two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials said.
The sanctions, which could be announced as early as Wednesday, are expected to be imposed on Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank, and Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s top private lenders, the officials said.
The United States will also impose sanctions on Mr Putin’s two daughters, Mariya Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, as it continues to target members of the Russian leader’s inner circle, in response to reports of atrocities which, according to Ukrainian officials, were committed by Russian troops. Moscow has denied any responsibility for the atrocities committed in the territories recently occupied by its army in Ukraine.
The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment. The State Department declined to comment.
The sanctions on Sberbank follow a decision last week by the United States to ban US banks from acting as correspondent banks, essentially closing it off from access to the US dollar. The new measures would prevent any U.S. citizen or entity from engaging in transactions with the bank, officials said.
The moves come as Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepares for two days of meetings in Brussels with his North Atlantic Treaty Organization counterparts on their coordinated response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, proposed new blanket sanctions against Russia, EU officials said, including a ban on Russian coal imports, reducing access for Russian road and sea carriers. in the bloc, targeting oligarchs and their families and blocking certain machine exports. The EU has also offered to sanction Mr Putin’s two daughters, according to diplomats familiar with the plan.
The UK last month announced sanctions against Alfa Bank.