Joe Biden in emergency talks with Macron and Scholz as US issues executive order sanctions

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This comes after the Russian president announced Moscow would recognise the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent of Ukrainian control.

The move was condemned by the West, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss saying it “represents a further attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

This comes as White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said Washington had readied itself to respond to such a play by the Kremlin.

She added the new Executive Order, to be put in place by President Biden, was separate from the sweeping sanctions already threatened by the US, should Russia invade Ukraine.

She said: “President Biden will soon issue an Executive Order that will prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine.”

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