The administration of President Joe Biden announced new economic measures against Russia Thursday. "The package of USA sanctions is a manifestation of unfair competition".
In a report last month, United States intelligence agencies concluded the Russian president likely directed online efforts to help President Donald Trump win a second term. The hackers gained access to digital files of several USA government agencies, including the Treasury, Justice and State Departments. US officials believe it was an intelligence-gathering operation aimed at stealing government secrets.
The White House announced a series of sanctions against Russian Federation on Thursday in response to a massive hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference.
Despite the call for cooling tensions, Washington on Thursday angered Moscow by imposing a new round of sanctions on Russian Federation for alleged election interference and hacking. Eight have ties to Russia's occupation of Crimea. "The personnel include representatives of Russian intelligence services", the executive order reads.
The U.S. ordered 10 Russian diplomats expelled, targeted dozens of companies and people and imposed new curbs on Russia's ability to borrow money.
Russian Federation retaliated on Friday over a new round of USA sanctions imposed a day ago by the Biden administration over the SolarWinds cyberattack and the Kremlin's election meddling.
"These actions are meant to hold Russian Federation to account for its reckless actions".
Putin has not yet responded to the invitation but Biden said "our teams are discussing that possibility right now".
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After the sanctions were announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Russia will answer the moves. Moscow will also add eight US officials to its sanctions list and will restrict the activities of USA non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, operating in Russian Federation.
Additionally, the United States has expelled 10 Russian diplomats from the country. In 2019, Russian Federation reportedly offered money to the Taliban in exchange for killing American troops in the country.
"Russia's consent would be interpreted as a reflection of its desire to soften the sanctions, allowing the U.S.to secure a dominant position at the meeting, while our refusal to meet would be a convenient pretext for more punitive measures", Kosachev wrote on Facebook.
The Kremlin responded to the penalties on Thursday saying they will not "help" plans for a potential summit.
Biden on Thursday described the sanctions as a "measured and proportionate" response to Moscow's hostile actions with the United States and said Washington is "not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict".
Sullivan said Biden and Putin "were direct with one another, they understood one another" during their phone call on Tuesday. He said the days of the U.S. Putin later recalled his ambassador to the US and pointed at the USA history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II.
Timothy Frye, a Columbia University political scientist, noted that the Biden administration chose not to increase sanctions against the prospective Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany or go after large Russian state-controlled companies.
The Russian diplomats who are being expelled are based in Washington, DC, and NY, and they will have 30 days to leave the country, the US official familiar with the plans explained. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.