USA expels Russian diplomats, imposes dozens of new sanctions

16 Avril, 2021, 16:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Through an executive order released on Thursday, the US government now has "strengthened authorities" to sanction Russian entities and individuals for malign activity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a 2015 press conference in NY.

Biden appears to be trying to strike a balance between defending US national interests against Russian Federation while making clear he would prefer to have a less volatile relationship and to cooperate on issues such as curbing Iran's nuclear program. "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".

He also detailed his phone call with Putin earlier this week, as well as his administration's approach to bilateral relations. For example, the USA government issued a strong statement about the reported Russian bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan, which "is being handled through diplomatic, military and intelligence channels", according to the White House.

"Judging from history, removing US investors as buyers in this market will likely cause a chilling effect that raises Russia's borrowing cost, along with capital fight and a weaker currency - all of which leads to slower growth and higher inflation", said this official. The sanctions aren't specifically tied to that intelligence.

UPDATED, 1:30 p.m. EDT: This story was updated with responses from Moscow, the United Kingdom and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., to the White House announcements. "A response to sanctions is inevitable".

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Biden would bar USA financial institutions from taking part in the primary market for trouble-denominated Russian sovereign bonds from June 14.

"The sanctions were moderate and I hope the reaction will be", said Andrey Kortunov, head of the Kremlin-founded Russian International Affairs Council.

The White House also said it would respond to reports Russian Federation had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill United States soldiers in Afghanistan. Kremlin spokesman Peskov said it would be "premature" to speak of de-escalation of tensions with Ukraine.

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The actions would represent the second major round of sanctions imposed by the Biden administration against Russian Federation . Russian Federation is reportedly beefing up its military presence on Ukraine's' eastern border.

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Russian Federation denies meddling in USA elections, orchestrating a cyber hack that used US tech company SolarWinds Corp to penetrate USA government networks, and using a nerve agent to poison Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The U.S. has been threatening to impose additional restrictions on Russian Federation for months to punish the Kremlin for a litany of transgressions in recent years. Others targeted include individuals and entities that operate outside Russian Federation at the behest of Moscow.

The actions, foreshadowed by the administration for weeks, signal a harder line against Putin, whom Trump was reluctant to criticize even as his administration pursued sanctions against Moscow. In 2019, Russian Federation reportedly offered money to the Taliban in exchange for killing American troops in the country.

Those hit by this round of sanctions include individuals and entities blamed by the US for enabling the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll farm that used a coordinated operation on social media in an effort to help Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

The measures announced Thursday include sanctions on six Russian companies that support the country's cyber activities, in addition to sanctions on 32 individuals and entities accused of attempting to interfere in last year's presidential election, including by spreading disinformation.

The malicious code was signed by the legitimate SolarWinds code signing certificate.

The moves are in response to interference in last years presidential election as well as the hacking last year of federal government agencies The US for the first time explicitly linked that intrusion to a Russian intelligence service. In that intrusion Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what United States officials believe was an intelligence gathering operation aimed at Mining Government secrets.

-With assistance from Henry Meyer, Áine Quinn, Tony Halpin, Saleha Mohsin, Ilya Arkhipov and Evgenia Pismennaya.



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