Biden's latest Russia move, Harris in Romania, MLB camps open: 5 things to know Friday

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Biden to call for suspending Russia’s preferential trade status over Ukraine

President Joe Biden will announce Friday the U.S. will join the European Union and G7 allies in calling to revoke Russia’s permanent normal trade relations status, which would allow new tariffs on Russian imports, according to a source familiar with the decision. According to Friday’s official presidential schedule, Biden will “(announce) actions to continue to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine” at 10:15 a.m. ET. The move, which requires congressional action, comes as a group of bipartisan lawmakers has pressured the president to take more aggressive action to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. The source said Biden looks forward to working with Congress on the legislation, which would put Moscow’s trade relationship with the U.S. in the same category as North Korea and Cuba. A diplomatic confrontation is also expected in the U.N. Security Council on Friday. Russia requested the meeting to discuss its claims of “the military biological activities of the U.S. on the territory of Ukraine.” The Biden administration has forcefully denied that assertion, saying Moscow could be laying the groundwork for its own attack. 

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