U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will suspend normal trade relations with Russia on Friday as part of the ongoing effort to punish President Vladimir Putin for his unprovoked war in Ukraine.

“Putin is the aggressor and he must pay the price,” Biden said in remarks from the White House, declaring that sanctions already imposed by the West are “crushing” Russia’s economy and warning that Moscow would pay “a severe price” if it deploys chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, as the White House suggested this week it may be plotting to do.

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