US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone call Tuesday in which they agreed to "continue dialogue".
President Joe Biden has pledged to respond to Russian aggressions against the U.S. and is set to announce sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.
"A key element of Moscow's strategy this election cycle was its use of proxies linked to Russian intelligence to push influence narratives - including misleading or unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden - to USA media organizations, US officials, and prominent USA individuals, including some close to former President Trump and his administration", the declassified report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated.
In a report last month, United States intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin likely directed efforts to try to swing the election to then-President Donald Trump and away from now-President Joe Biden.More news: COVID cases surge in Ontario as province logs record high of 4,456
The sanctions will affect more than 30 Russian entities and will include expelling more than 10 Russians from the United States, including diplomats, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
Hitting back at Russian Federation also comes as the Biden Administration has sought to keep open channels of diplomatic communication and to work with Russian Federation when it is in the US's interest. The U.S. intelligence community has identified hackers in Russian Federation as behind the attack, and they gained access to digital files of several U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury, Justice and State Departments.
He said the situation around Ukraine remained tense with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and US forces still deployed close to Russia's own borders.
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 United States officials believe was an operation aimed at mining the secrets of the American government.More news: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea
The diplomats will be targeted as punishment over allegations, denied by Russian Federation, that it offered to pay militants in Afghanistan to kill American military personnel, the newspaper said.
The president of Microsoft, one of the companies targeted, has said the sophistication and scale of the SolarWinds attack was on a level not previously seen.
Top intelligence officials on Wednesday told a Senate panel that Russian Federation would continue to employ "a variety of tactics" to undermine the United States, including mercenary operations, assassinations, arms sales, cyber capabilities and malign influence campaigns - but that Moscow did not seek military conflict. "That is unambiguous", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, referring to the summit. He said the days of the U.S. "rolling over" to Putin were done.
A Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine - where government forces have been fighting pro-Russia separatists since 2014 - in recent weeks had sparked alarm in the West and warnings from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.More news: Police kill Black man in traffic stop near Minneapolis, protests erupt