By FATIMA HUSSEIN
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department will not allow any Russian government debt payments from accounts at U.S. financial institutions to be made in U.S. dollars, an agency official says. That restricts one of the strategies President Vladimir Putin is employing to stave off default. Russia faces several April deadlines to make debt payments. The Kremlin must now choose between draining remaining valuable dollar reserves, new revenue coming in or possible default. Treasury had previously said sanctions levied on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine still permit Russia to continue to make debt payments. The debt is owed to foreign investors, among others, and comes from government investments to presumably spur economic growth in Russia.