White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

THE WHITE HOUSE

Gas prices could rise in the wake of military action in Ukraine.

DIGITAL ASSETS

The UK’s Greater Manchester Police has recovered $5.4 million to 23 verified victims of an international crypto scam.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Germany and France continue to push for diplomacy as the US and UK begin to consider tougher sanctions against Russia.

*All this and more ahead!

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The crisis in Ukraine is still the news of the day. In a video message on Wednesday morning, Putin said that the doors for diplomacy are open “for direct and honest dialogue” but noted that Russia’s security and interests are “nonnegotiable.” 

Putin used an opportunity in his video message while the eyes of the world were on him to speak about Russia’s arms plans. “We will continue to develop advanced weapon systems, including hypersonic and those based on new physical principles, and expand the use of advanced digital technologies and elements of artificial intelligence.”

Liz Truss said that the UK assessment is that it’s “highly likely” that Putin will “follow through on his plan for a full-scale invasion,” and the US assessment is that Putin will go much further. Jen Psaki reiterated that a “large-scale invasion of Ukraine could involve the seizure of major cities, including Kyiv.”  

Pskai confirmed what Good Morning DC published yesterday – that Biden has no intention of sending American forces to fight inside Ukraine.

From the White House podium, Psaki’s message was clear. “To convey and reiterate: The President has no intention of sending US troops into Ukraine to fight in Ukraine.”

BREAKING THIS MORNING

Ukraine is urging its citizens to leave Russia immediately following a call for mobilization of reservists between 18 and 60 years old. 

  

ON THIS DAY

George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Gas prices could go up, and President Biden himself was very blunt about how this could impact Americans.  “This will be — this will blunt gas prices. I want to limit the pain the American people are feeling at the gas pump. This is critical to me,” said Biden. 

As of right now, except for the President’s Daily Brief, Biden has no public events scheduled for today. 

At 5 PM EST, VP Harris will meet with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

DIGITAL ASSETS

In a successful operation, Greater Manchester Police in the UK has recovered $5.4 million to 23 verified victims of the international crypto scam. 

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$38,917.68

Ether (ETH):$2,715.40

SOL:$90.29

LUNA: $57.25

In order to safeguard consumer interest, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has announced guidelines for crypto ads.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Germany and France are pushing for diplomacy, but diplomatic road with Russia is nearing the end.

Blinken has canceled the meeting with Lavrov, previously planned for Thursday in Geneva. Yesterday, in a televised address, Biden announced the first wave of sanctions against Russia. The US is fully blocking from the global financial system the fifth-largest Russian financial institution, VEB. “This is a glorified piggy-bank for the Kremlin that holds more than $50 billion in assets,” explained Psaki. “We’re also fully blocking Promsvyazbank. This is a bank that holds $35 billion in assets that finances the activities of the Russian military.” These banks can no longer make any transactions with Europe and the US.

Across the pond, in the UK, Navalny’s list is circling around the House of Commons, urging Boris Johnson to sanction all Putin’s friends from that list. Members of Parliament are asking for much tougher sanctions to be imposed. Further pressures are on Liz Truss and Johnson to sanction Roman Abramovich. 

There have been some talks about sanctions on Russia Today, after Truss said that Ofcom would be looking at RT’s output. However, the majority of Westminster believes that the UK should not be known for shutting down the media, but that UK media should rather strengthen the Russian news desks as the authority in news. 

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, February 23, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...