US sanctions on Russia are not permanent and may be reversed if Moscow changes course in Ukraine, a senior administration official said.
"It's a negative feedback loop. So we deny capital, we deny technology, we deny talent that can flow into Russia, and the combination of the steps that we're taking create this downward spiral that accelerates the more that Putin escalates," the official said.
The White House has not said specifically what Russian President Vladimir Putin must do to see the sanctions reversed, but the official said Wednesday they are willing to scale down should Russia "change course."
"And if he were to change course, someday, that negative feedback loop would slow and could possibly reverse," the official went on. "None of this is permanent. The only aspect that's permanent are the lives that he's taken away and he can never bring those back.
"But the sanctions are designed to be able to respond to the conditions on the ground and to create leverage for the outcome we seek," the official went on.