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United States expels Russian diplomats, imposes new sanctions over SolarWinds hack, election interference

United States expels Russian diplomats, imposes new sanctions over SolarWinds hack, election interference”

"Washington should realize that it will have to pay a price for the degradation of bilateral ties", he said, indicating that Moscow was prepared, if necessary, to move to "painful measures" against USA business interest in Russian Federation.

Earlier this week Niinisto said he and Putin had spoken and the two discussed "the planned meeting" with Biden.

Biden on Thursday described the sanctions as a "measured and proportionate" response to Moscow's hostile actions with the United States and said Washington is "not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict".

"Otherwise an array of painful decisions for the American side will be implemented".

This year even before the recent alarm over the Ukraine conflict, tensions had ratcheted up sharply after the United States slapped sanctions on Russian Federation over the poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. The White House did not publicly confirm the reports.

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide what counter sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after U.S. President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, but gave no indication of timing. The envoy has still not returned nearly a month later.

"We see what Russian Federation is doing to undermine our democracies", said U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

This year even before the recent alarm over the Ukraine conflict, tensions had ratcheted up sharply after the US slapped sanctions on Russian Federation over the poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Russian Federation denies all the USA allegations.

Moscow's response was mostly tit-for-tat.

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It expelled 10 US diplomats and banned eight high-ranking current and former USA officials from entering Russia for their contribution to what it called Washington's "anti-Russian course".

Those banned included FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, Biden's chief domestic policy advisor Susan Rice and Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Christopher Wray would be barred, the foreign ministry said.

The restrictions represent the first US measures against Russian Federation for the SolarWinds hacking operation.

The latest sanctions from the White House came in response to findings by the US intelligence community that Kremlin-linked actors were responsible for the cyberattack on USA technology firm SolarWinds.

"I think you should realize that the original initiative of trying to build those relations and establish a dialogue was put forward by President Putin", Peskov said.

"Their views categorically do not coincide when it comes to creating mutually beneficial relations and taking each other's interests into account", Peskov said of Putin and Biden.

The foreign ministry said Biden's Putin summit proposal had been initially well received, but was now being studied in the context of unfolding events.

The ministry said the officials had "participated in the anti-Russian push" of USA politics.

"However the reality is that we hear one thing from Washington and in practice we see something completely different. There should be no doubt - not a single sanctions "wave" will remain unpunished".



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