President Joe Biden used a new executive order to authorize the actions, which also included a prohibition on USA financial firms participating in the "primary" bond market maintained by Russia's Central Bank and other Russian institutions after June 14. "It is my responsibility as president of the United States to do so", Biden underscored.
The 10 diplomats being expelled include representatives of Russian intelligence services, the Biden administration said. During the background call with journalists on Thursday morning, a senior administration official declined to specify how the administration selected the specific personnel beyond stating that the USA government had "determined that they were acting in a manner inconsistent with their status" in the United States.
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. Ukraine is not a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but support for the organization has risen in recent years, and the country is allied with many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations - including the U.S.
"In addition, financial institutions and other persons that engage in certain transactions or activities with the sanctioned entities and individuals may expose themselves to secondary sanctions or be subject to an enforcement action".More news: United States expels Russian diplomats imposes new round of sanctions
The U.S. can't be fully confident in the assessment, because "it relies on detainee reporting", and because of the challenging operating environment in Afghanistan, according to the official.
During the press call Thursday, a senior administration official said the intelligence community has "low to moderate" confidence that Russian intelligence officers "sought to encourage Taliban attacks on US personnel in 2019 and perhaps earlier, including through financial incentives and compensation".
Also on the list of those sanctioned was the Kremlin's first deputy chief of staff, Alexei Gromov, several individuals linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close ties to Russia's president, nicknamed "Putin's chef" for serving Kremlin functions, and a number of front companies that U.S. Treasury says help Prigozhin evade sanctions imposed earlier.
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.More news: Biden tells Putin to ease tensions on Ukrainian border, proposes summit
Biden told reporters that he had relayed his stance to Russian President Vladimir Putin, informing the world leader that the U.S. "could have gone further but I chose not to do so, I chose to be proportionate".
"We don't think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory in the relationship", he said. Putin later recalled his ambassador to the U.S. and pointed at the USA history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II.
"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". The Obama administration expelled diplomats in 2016 in response to interference in that year's presidential election. Last month, the US 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.
US officials are still grappling with the aftereffects of the SolarWinds intrusion, which affected agencies including the Treasury, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security departments, and are still assessing what information may have been stolen.More news: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea
The adversary's compromise of the SolarWinds software supply chain is said to have given it the ability to remotely spy or potentially disrupt more than 16,000 computer systems worldwide, according to the executive order issued by the US government.