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Jhe United States plans to block global exports of raw materials from Russia if it invades Ukraine, German newspaper Bild said on Tuesday. Justin Huggler from Berlin.

In what it claimed to have leaked details of the plans, the newspaper reported that US sanctions would target exports of oil, gas and other raw materials that are the mainstay of Russia’s economy.

The US and its allies will attempt to block exports globally, which the report says could cost the Russian economy more than $50bn (£37bn).

They will also block Russian arms exports and expel diplomats in order to hinder the work of Russian intelligence services.

The details appear to have leaked to the newspaper from a briefing CIA chief William Burns recently gave to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Mr Burns flew to Berlin to meet Mr Scholz personally as the United States tries to keep Germany on board its plans.

A key part of any commodity sanctions will be the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

The United States wants Germany to abandon the pipeline in the event of Russian aggression against Ukraine, but Mr Scholz has given mixed signals.

The Bild report claims Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s foreign minister, and her Green party have fully backed the US plans, but Mr Scholz and his Social Democrats (SPD) are reluctant.

This raises the prospect of a damaging split within Germany’s coalition government over the issue.

Christi C. Elwood