WH: US ready to impose ‘high costs’ on Russia

The White House said Friday it was prepared to impose “swift and significant economic costs on Russia,” as well as U.S. allies and partners, in response to Russia’s referendum to take control of parts of the Ukraine.

Kyiv and the West have condemned the Kremlin-orchestrated referendums as a rigged election whose outcome was predetermined by Moscow.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the elections a “sham” and a “flagrant violation of international law and an affront to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underpin the system.” international”.

And she stressed that “the United States will never recognize this territory as anything other than part of Ukraine because it belongs to the Ukrainian people.”

Jean-Pierre also commented on the ongoing anti-government protests and unrest in Iran following the death of a young woman in the custody of vice police.

Thousands of people attended a rally in the capital, Tehran, where they waved Iranian flags, and similar demonstrations took place in other cities. The government claimed that the demonstrations of support were spontaneous. Similar rallies have taken place during recent periods of widespread protests.

“Women in Iran should have the right to wear whatever they want without violence or harassment. Iran must end its use of violence against women for the exercise of their fundamental freedoms,” said Jean- Rock.

“There must be accountability for the death of Mashsa (Mashsa Amini),” she added.

Asked about criticism surrounding World Bank President David Malpass’s remarks earlier this week regarding climate change, Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration disagrees with Malpass and “expects the World Bank to be a global leader” on climate.

At an event sponsored by The New York Times, Malpass did not respond directly when asked if burning fossil fuels has contributed to global warming. Instead, he said he was not a scientist.

Jean-Pierre did not say whether the administration would seek to remove Malpass, as that would require the approval of other members of the World Bank.

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Christi C. Elwood