Cecilia Rouse Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers noted that “sanctions are focused on Putin and his inner circle and should allow minimizing the impact on the Russian people.”

The sanctions imposed on Russia did not affect humanitarian aid. This was announced on Tuesday at a briefing for journalists by Cecilia Rouse, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House.

She was asked whether the American authorities considered the possibility of changing anti-Russian sanctions so that there would be no restrictions on trade in agricultural products with the Russian Federation. “There are always exceptions in sanctions regarding humanitarian needs. Sanctions are focused on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and his inner circle should be allowed to minimize, as far as possible, the influence on the Russian people. Therefore, there is an exception for humanitarian aid, and we will definitely work to ensure that they receive the food they need,” Rose replied.

On Monday, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko said that Russia will be able to withstand all the sanctions imposed on it because of the military operation in Ukraine and will make its own economy more efficient.