Some experts say since only a few countries are implementing the gold ban, the move is largely symbolic, while others say the ban will target its ability to interact with the global financial system.
Senior Biden administration officials said gold is Moscow's second-largest export after energy. Banning imports would make it more difficult for Russia to participate in global markets, they said.
The goal, Austin said, is not just to support Ukrainian defenses but to help them prevail against a larger invading force.
Mircea Geoana said that NATO would be “forced to take appropriate measures” in the event of a chemical or nuclear attack.
Putin has already been invited to the G20 heads of state summit in November by this year's host Jakarta, and he intends to be there, Russia's ambassador to Indonesia said this week.
The encircled southern city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov has seen some of the worst horrors of the war, under Russian pounding for more than three weeks.
Russia has lost hundreds of tanks, many left charred or abandoned along the roads, and its death toll is on a pace to outstrip that of the country's previous military campaigns in recent years.
Soprano Anna Netrebko on Thursday withdrew from her future engagements at the Metropolitan Opera rather than repudiate her support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The announcements by Europe's two premier film festivals came on the heels of other high-profile protests in the arts, including Hollywood's decision to pull films scheduled for release in Russia.
"I believe Russia is trying to put pressure on Ukraine with this simple method," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday in a video address.
Putin's statement follows televised statements by separatist leaders who pleaded with Putin to recognise them as independent states and sign friendship treaties envisaging military aid to protect them
Why is Moscow making an issue of Ukraine's relationship with NATO now? The answer is complicated.
Earlier this month, Russia submitted draft security documents demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. and roll back military deployments.
The summit will discuss bilateral relations and international issues, amid tensions between Moscow and the West over the massing of tens of thousands of Russian troops near its border with Ukraine.
In the new film, Russian President Putin describes the collapse of the Soviet Union as a ‘tragedy’ for most citizens.
The Wednesday meeting will discuss "regional developments", Netanyahu's office said, and follows the Israeli leader's unveiling of "proof" of Iran's alleged past military nuclear ambitions.
Putin has always prided himself on respecting the constitution, which bars him from serving more than two presidential terms in a row.
The statement said Merkel, Macron and Putin had all welcomed the UN resolution on a ceasefire for at least 30 days "particularly to allow humanitarian aid into and evacuations out of the war zone".
The leaders of Russia, France and Germany agreed Sunday to speed up their "exchange of information" over Syria.
Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov had earlier alleged that President Vladimir Putin ordered a state-sponsored doping programme.