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US Set To Block Russian Debt Payments, Pushing Moscow Closer To Historic Default

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The latest attempt at inflicting maximum punishment and pressure on Russia amid its grinding war in Ukraine has many scratching their heads, as the US is now set to block Moscow’s ability to pay its sovereign debt – though ironically which Russia appears ready and willing to pay, if it weren’t for the far reaching US-led sanctions imposed on its central financial institutions in the first place. 

A key US Treasury waiver which provided an exemption for transactions involving Russia’s finance ministry, central bank and national wealth fund in instances where US bondholders are paid is set to expire according to schedule on May 25, and the Biden administration is reportedly strongly mulling not renewing it.

A senior administration official said that while “It’s under consideration” a final decision has yet to be reached. “We are looking at

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