WASHINGTON, April 29 U.S. Treasury Secretary
Jack Lew said on Tuesday that international sanctions on Russia
over its policies toward Ukraine were putting pressure on
Russia's economy, and more actions may be taken if Russia's
stance does not change.
"You have to look over the period of time Russia went into
Crimea, since we've imposed sanctions, there has been a quite
substantial deterioration in Russia's already weak economy. We
see it in their stock exchange, we see it in their exchange
rate, we see it in a number of important economic indicators,"
Lew told a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.
Asked whether the United States and European allies will
target Russia's energy or banking sectors with sanctions, said
those actions have been considered and could be taken under a
presidential executive order that provides sanctions authority.
"We need to continue to keep our options open. We are
prepared to take more action and we've made clear that we're
prepared to take more action if the policy of Russia doesn't
change," Lew said.
(Reporting By David Lawder)