In turn, the White House told that a decision on this issue has not yet been made.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to ban Russian-flagged vessels from entering American ports due to the situation around Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
According to her, this restriction will be symbolic, since Russian ships deliver to the United States less than 1% of the total volume of goods that come to the United States by sea. Russian oil companies, as a rule, transport hydrocarbons on tankers not under the flag of Russia.
“I expect Washington to announce today that it will ban Russian ships from coming to our shores,” the publication quotes Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles (California). In turn, the White House told the publication that they have not yet made a decision on this issue.
On Tuesday, the British authorities announced that, according to the new law, as part of the sanctions of the United Kingdom in response to the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, they now have the authority to detain Russian vessels. “Russian vessels will be banned in UK ports after a new package of British sanctions against Russia. The ban applies to all vessels owned or operated by someone connected with Russia, and the authorities will have new powers to detain Russian vessels,” the statement of the British Foreign Ministry says.