Washington : US President Joe Biden will sign legislation to sever normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus and ban Russian oil imports into the United States, the White House announced on Thursday.

“This is something the president supports, called for and certainly plans to sign it,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing.

The US Senate on Thursday passed legislation to suspend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status with Russia and Belarus amid the Ukraine-Russia war. The Senate passed HR 7108, the Suspending Normal Trade Relations Act with Russia and Belarus, by a 100-0 vote. Suspending PNTR status allows the United States to raise tariffs on its imports above standard WTO levels.

A key principle of the World Trade Organization, so-called most favored nation status known in the United States as Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR), requires countries to guarantee equal tariff and regulatory treatment to each other. it occurs. The latest trade clearance, which passed the House with the support of every Democrat and voted not by just three Republicans, follows a series of measures aimed primarily at severing Moscow’s economic and financial ties with the rest of the world.

During the press briefing, the White House Press Secretary also gave details about US military aid to Ukraine. He said that the US has provided $1.7 billion in weapons for security assistance to Ukraine since the start of the conflict. “So far, we have provided $1.7 billion in weapons of security assistance to Ukraine since the start of this conflict … we have not stopped, nor are we stopping providing additional military aid to Ukraine,” she said.

According to a Pentagon release, the security aid the Biden administration is providing to Ukraine is enabling significant success on the battlefield against a Russian invading force.

The US Defense Department says Washington is working round-the-clock to meet Ukraine’s primary security assistance requests, delivering weapons from US stocks when they are available, and facilitating weapons deliveries by allies and partners. when their systems better suit the needs of Ukraine. “The administration continues to work with allies and partners to identify additional weapon systems to help the Ukrainian military defend its country,” the release said.