Russian Sanctions: U.S. Expels Russian Diplomats

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The Biden administration announced the deportation of ten Russian diplomats on Thursday, as well as sanctions against dozens of individuals and companies, to hold the Kremlin accountable for meddling in last year’s presidential election and hacking of federal agencies. The sanctions also target Moscow’s ability to borrow money by prohibiting U.S. financial institutions from directly purchasing Russian bonds from Russian institutions.

The actions, which the administration had foreshadowed for weeks, are the first retaliatory measures announced against the Kremlin in response to the SolarWinds breach.

Russian hackers are thought to have compromised commonly used applications with malicious code, allowing them to gain access to the networks of at least nine government departments in what U.S. officials suspect was an intelligence-gathering effort aimed at mining government secrets. Aside from that hack, U.S. officials last month claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved influence operations to aid Donald Trump in his failed reelection bid. However, there is no proof that Russia or anyone else changed votes or exploited the outcome.

Putin Swiftly Denounces the Actions, Warns to Retaliate

Restrictions on six Russian companies that support the nation’s cyber activities, as well as 32 individuals and entities accused of conspiring to meddle in last year’s presidential election by also misrepresenting facts, were announced on Thursday. According to the Biden administration, the U.S. Representatives of Russian security services also sanctioned eight people, and entities linked to Russia’s Crimea occupation are among the ten diplomats being recalled. Other interventions are also planned, but they are unlikely to be announced by the administration. Officials have stated that they would respond to Russia in both visible and invisible ways.

“These actions are intended to hold Russia to account for its reckless actions. We will act firmly in response to Russian actions that cause harm to us or our allies and partners,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

But, he added, “Where possible, the United States will also seek opportunities for cooperation with Russia, to build a more stable and predictable relationship consistent with U.S. interests.”

The White House also said that Biden was using political, military, and intelligence outlets to respond to allegations that Russia urged the Taliban to target U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, depending on the intelligence community’s “best assessments.” The year before, reports of alleged “bounties” surfaced, and it chastised the Trump administration for not raising the issue with Russia directly. The White House did not verify the findings.

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“The safety and well-being of U.S. military personnel, and that of our allies and partners, is an absolute priority of the United States,” the White House said Thursday.

Reactions About Russian Sanctions

Following the announcement of the sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova cautioned that “such provocative actions would certainly result in a resolute retaliation.”

“Washington should realize that it will have to pay the price for the degradation of the bilateral ties,” Zakharova said, adding that “the responsibility for that will fully lie with the United States.”

She said the ministry had called upon the U.S. ambassador for a “hard conversation,” but she wouldn’t say what action Russia would take right away. The sanctions are intended to send a clear retributive message to Russia while also acting as a deterrent. However, they are certain to aggravate an already strained relationship between the United States and Russia. President Joe Biden told Putin this week in their second call to “de-escalate tensions” following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border that the U.S. would “act firmly in defense of its national interests” in the face of Russian intrusions and election meddling.

In a recent television interview, Biden responded, “I do,” when asked if he thought Putin was a “killer.” He also stated that the days of the U.S. “rolling over” for Putin were over. Putin later recalled his ambassador to the United States, citing the United States’ history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans and the World War II atomic bombing of Japan.

It was an unclear whether the U.S. actions would change its behavior, especially given that previous U.S. measures had failed to stop Russian hacking. In response to interference in that year’s presidential election, the Obama administration expelled diplomats from the United States in 2016.

Moreover, despite Trump’s reluctance to condemn Putin, his government recalled diplomats in 2018 in response to Russia’s suspected poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in the United Kingdom. Officials in the United States are now dealing with the fallout from the SolarWinds hack, which involved institutions such as the Treasury, Justice, Energy, and Homeland Security departments. They are attempting to determine what information might have been hacked. The hack revealed flaws in the supply chain and flaws in the federal government’s cyber defenses.

The acts will be the Biden administration’s second big round of sanctions against Russia. The United States sanctioned seven mid-level and senior Russian officials, as well as over a dozen government agencies, last month in connection with a nearly fatal nerve agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent imprisonment.

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