President Donald Trump and his top advisers are pushing to increase pressure on Moscow as tensions mount between Washington and Moscow.
But experts warn that the United States is unlikely to succeed in isolating Russia’s leaders as it did during the Cold War.
The Trump administration, under a series of decisions made during the Trump era, is pushing to use its leverage to pressure Moscow, which the president says has been trying to undermine the U.S. presidential election and has meddled in the presidential election in other ways.
Trump is also pushing to pressure other countries, including Russia, in an effort to help the United Nations sanctions Russia for its annexation of Crimea and its meddling in the 2016 election.
The White House has been pressing other countries to join the U,U.S., and EU sanctions against Russia, including a series imposed by the European Union.
Some of those actions have included freezing the assets of Russia’s largest energy company and ordering Russia to pay a fine of at least $1 billion for election interference.