President Joe Biden told Putin this week in their second call to "de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border, and said the us would "act firmly in defense of its national interests" regarding Russian intrusions and election interference.
Russian Federation swiftly denounced the actions and warned of retaliation.
The Biden administration is preparing to announce sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference, a senior administration official said Wednesday night.
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. She said the ministry had called in the US ambassador for a "hard conversation", but would not immediately say what action Russian Federation would take. Last month, the USA sanctioned seven mid-level and senior Russian officials, along with more than a dozen government entities, over a almost fatal nerve-agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent jailing.More news: Pfizer defends high cost of Covid vaccine
President Joe Biden is delivered remarks about the sanctions Thursday afternoon, watch them below.
After the sanctions were announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Russia will answer the moves. In 2019, Russian Federation reportedly offered money to the Taliban in exchange for killing American troops in the country. He said the United States would "act firmly in defense of its national interests" in relation to Russian activities and election interference.
She said the ministry has summoned the USA ambassador for a "hard conversation", but wouldn't immediately say what action Russian Federation will take.
"The scope and scale of this compromise combined with Russia's history of carrying out reckless and disruptive cyber operations makes it a national security concern", the Treasury Department said.More news: Protesters gather by LAPD downtown headquarters in wake of Daunte Wright shooting
The sanctions come on the back of an already tense period for US-Russia relations.
Ties then hit rock bottom last month after Biden, who promised to take a firmer line on Moscow than his predecessor Donald Trump, agreed with a description of Putin as a "killer".
The Obama administration expelled diplomats from the U.S.in 2016 in response to interference in that year's presidential election. He said the days of the U.S "rolling over" to Putin were done. Putin later recalled his ambassador to the USA and pointed to US history, including slavery and the atomic bombing of Japan in the Second World War.
"Today, President Biden signed a new sanctions executive order that provides strengthened authorities to demonstrate the Administration's resolve in responding to and deterring the full scope of Russia's harmful foreign activities", the document reads.More news: Ex-police officer charged over fatal shooting of black man in Minnesota
Federal agencies have said that the hack impacted 18,000 public and private sector computers, including the machines at 10 US government agencies, and that the intrusion is a "grave threat" to USA cybersecurity. Last month, the USA sanctioned seven mid-level and senior Russian officials, along with more than a dozen government entities, over a almost fatal nerve-agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent jailing.