US expels Russian diplomats, imposes dozens of new sanctions

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes dozens of new sanctions

Zakharova said the USA actions would lead to a "decisive rebuff" from Russian Federation.

Earlier, the Biden administration imposed multiple sanctions on a variety of Russian entities and individuals over their alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election, as well as their purported involvement in the SolarWinds hack that infiltrated government networks.

Also Thursday, U.S. government agencies issued an alert aimed at the private sector, saying that the SVR was exploiting five vulnerabilities to target U.S. companies.

Biden appears to be trying to strike a balance between defending US national interests against Russian Federation while making clear he would prefer to have a less volatile relationship and to cooperate on issues such as curbing Iran's nuclear program.

She said the ministry has summoned the US ambassador for a "hard conversation", but wouldn't immediately say what action Russian Federation will take.

Among the sanctions to be unveiled are the blacklisting of about 30 entities as well as orders expelling about 10 Russian officials from the United States, one person familiar with the matter said.

The 10 diplomats being expelled include representatives of Russian intelligence services, the Biden administration said. "The safety and well-being of USA military personnel, and that of our allies and partners, is an absolute priority of the United States", the White House said Thursday.

In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code that enabled them to access the networks of at least nine agencies, part of what USA officials believe was an operation aimed at mining the secrets of the American government.

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Both sides have been trying to force each other into concessions of late, despite both indicating the wish to restore the pact. The United States says it is prepared to lift "sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA".

The measures are meant to send a clear retributive message to Russian Federation and to deter similar acts in the future.

Biden believes he and Russian President Vladimir Putin should hold a summit "to discuss all of the issues facing our relationship", Sullivan said.

"Judging from history, removing US investors as buyers in this market will likely cause a chilling effect that raises Russia's borrowing cost, along with capital fight and a weaker currency - all of which leads to slower growth and higher inflation", said this official.

Biden told reporters that he had relayed his stance to Russian President Vladimir Putin, informing the world leader that the United States "could have gone further but I chose not to do so, I chose to be proportionate". 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. The Obama administration expelled diplomats from the United States in 2016 in response to interference in that years presidential election.

"However, we have also been clear - publicly and privately - that we will defend our national interests and impose costs for Russian Government actions that seek to harm us". And though Trump was often reluctant to criticize Putin his administration also expelled diplomats in 2018 for Russian Federation alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.

The two leaders had a second tense call this week in which Biden told Putin to "de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border, and said the USA would "act firmly in defense of its national interests" regarding Russian intrusions and election interference.

President Joe Biden's broadside against Russian Federation came the same week as he offered to meet President Vladimir Putin for their first summit - a meeting United States officials say remains "vital" so that the two countries can deescalate.

For its part, the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre said Thursday that it was "highly likely" that the SVR was behind the SolarWinds breaches.

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