The news that the United States announced sanctions sparked a new wave of anger in Moscow and made promises of counter-retaliation.
Then there is the olive branch. This is the method used by Joe Biden at the same time. He also attracted the attention of his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin on Thursday, April 15. In the morning, the White House did impose a series of sanctions on Moscow in retaliation for actions deemed unfriendly, including a large-scale hacking attack on the federal government attributed to Russia by US intelligence agencies, which denied any responsibility.
Then the President of the United States gave a speech in the afternoon saying that he hoped “Downgrade” After he made a request. He reiterated his hope that a bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin will be held in Europe this summer to discuss possible common interests between the two countries.
Since arriving at the White House on January 20, Joe Biden has suggested that Russia will be punished for hacking the American computer company Solarwinds. According to the US Treasury Department, it was through the latter that hackers linked to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Agency attacked government agencies and private companies. It also mentioned the US military’s interference with Russia in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Traditionally, this warning resulted in the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats who were in the United States and were raised by the White House as intelligence agents. They were accompanied by sanctions on Russian companies suspected of participating in hacking attacks, among which Solarwinds was officially attributed to Russia for the first time. “Highly confident.”
32 entities and persons suspected of election interference were also found, including Konstantin Kilimnik (Konstantin Kilimnik). The former Donald Trump (Donald Trump) former campaign manager’s colleague Paul Manafort (Paul Manafort) was once again expressly accused by the U.S. Treasury Department of providing election data for the Republican campaign team to Russian intelligence , But not used is specified.
Washington also reached an agreement with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada to impose sanctions on eight individuals and entities involved in the occupation of Crimea, and Moscow unilaterally annexed them.
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