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Yellen says U.S. will address potential gaps in Russia sanctions

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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hybrid hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo

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CHICAGO, March 2 (Reuters) – The United States will address potential gaps in tough sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, adding the measures would “continue to bite.”

Yellen said financial sanctions on the Russian central bank, commercial banks and members of the country’s wealthy elite were having a significant impact, as demonstrated by the rouble’s sharp fall.

“Russia is increasingly an economic island,” she said at the University of Illinois-Chicago after visiting Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

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“We will continue to look at how the sanctions work and whether there are leakages and we have the possibility to address them.”

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