The U.S. government today announced new financial sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats, in response to recent cyber-attacks and interference in the 2020 presidential election attributed to Moscow.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, signed a decree that will make it possible to punish Russia again, in order to cause “strategic and economic consequences”, if Moscow “continues to promote an escalation of its international destabilization actions”, informed the White House in a statement.
Under that decree, the United States Treasury Department prohibited US financial institutions from directly buying debt issued by Russia after June 14.
The diploma also sanctions six Russian technology companies accused of supporting the cyber activities of Moscow’s intelligence services.
Biden’s decision is a response to the 2020 cyber-attack attributed to Moscow, which has affected dozens of organizations in the U.S. through SolarWinds, an American software company whose product has been hacked to achieve vulnerability among its users, including several US federal agencies.
The Joe Biden government has also imposed sanctions against 32 entities and people accused of trying, on behalf of the Russian government, to “influence the 2020 presidential election in the United States”, according to the White House.
In partnership with the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, the United States Government will also impose sanctions on eight people and entities “associated with the continued occupation and repression in Crimea”.
As for the accusations of rewards offered by Russia to the Taliban for attacking US soldiers in Afghanistan, the White House has not commented at the moment, saying that this is a case that is being handled “through diplomatic, military and intelligence channels. information”.
The sanctions announced today by the White House come at a particularly delicate moment in diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia, compounded by recent statements by President Joe Biden who accused his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, of being a “murderer”.
Russia promises “inevitable” response to sanctions and calls on US ambassador
Russia today promised an “inevitable” response to the new sanctions imposed by the United States against the country and called on the US ambassador in Moscow for a “difficult conversation”.
“The United States is not prepared to accept the objective reality of a multipolar world, without American hegemony (…). Such aggressive behavior will receive a strong response. The response to the sanctions will be inevitable, ”said Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Source: with Agencies