The U.S. government launched a diplomatic and financial offensive against Russian officials and the business sector, demanding that Moscow be held accountable for a range of actions, from cyber attacks to annexing Crimea. The White House said that the Russian government has announced the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats from the United States and imposed sanctions on several organizations and individuals in retaliation for cyber attacks that are responsible for Moscow.
The US government announced that among the expelled diplomats were five Russian Secret Service officials.
The White House warned that Biden has signed a decree that allows Russia to be punished once again by “if continuing or promoting the strategic and economic consequences of international destabilizing operations, it will cause strategic and economic consequences”.
The statement said: “The Biden administration has made it clear that the United States hopes to establish a stable and predictable relationship with Russia.” According to the regulations, six Russian technology companies have been sanctioned for supporting Moscow’s cyber intelligence activities. This is a response to the Biden administration’s accusation of a major cyberattack in Russia in 2020.
The White House said that the U.S. Treasury Department is sanctioning 32 entities and individuals accused of trying to “influence the U.S. presidential election in 2020” on behalf of the Russian government.
“The U.S. government has cooperated with the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to impose sanctions on eight individuals and entities related to the occupation and suppression of Crimea.”
Regarding the allegation that Russia allegedly provided rewards to the Taliban to attack American or foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, the White House has not yet made a decision, stating that “this matter is managed by diplomatic, military and intelligence channels.”