Russias intelligence agency was behind the massive SolarWinds attack last year and accused Moscow of interfering in the 2020 elections, according to the statement.
Russia has denied the allegations in a statement issued on Friday stating that “more than once similar and unfounded allegations have been made about Russia’s intelligence.
The sanctions announced Thursday are detailed in an executive order signed by President Joe Biden. They arrive at a turbulent time for relations between the two countries
Last month, the us targeted seven Russian officials and quite a dozen officialdom in reference to the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Russia says it did not participate.
In a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Biden vowed to “firmly” defend America’s national interests and offered to meet with Putin to find places where the two countries could work together.
What did the Beadon administration say?
On Thursday, Biden described the decision to impose sanctions on Russia as proportionate.
I made it clear with President Putin that we could go further, but decided not to, Biden told reporters. “The United States does not want to break the cycle of growth and conflict with Russia.
He added that the way forward is through a thoughtful dialogue and a diplomatic process.
The White House said in a statement that the new sanctions show that the United States will continue to impose “costly and economically effective sanctions on Russia if it continues to “destabilize international action.
It restores the administration’s view that the Russian government is behind the cyberattacks and is trying to undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections in the United States and its allies.
He has specifically blamed Russia’s foreign intelligence agency SVR for the SolarWinds attack, which gave cybercriminals access to 18,000 public and private computer networks.
The latest sanctions target 3,220 companies and officials accused of attempting to influence “and other secessionist activities” in the 2020 US presidential election.
Ten diplomats are being expelled. The executive order has prohibited US financial institutions from buying ruble-denominated bonds since June.