Blinken: US calls Russia to account

Blinken: US calls Russia to account

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Thursday issued a statement on sanctions imposed by the United States against Russia in connection with cyberattacks against SolarWinds, reports of bounties for the killings of the American military in Afghanistan and attempts to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election.

The document notes that President Biden is issuing a decree expanding the scope of US sanctions. In pursuance of this decree, the Treasury Department is issuing a directive prohibiting US financial institutions from placing new ruble and other Russian bonds on the primary market.

The decree gives the American government the right, if necessary, to expand sanctions against the Russian national debt, Blinkin emphasizes.

“The US State Department is also expelling 10 officials from the Russian bilateral mission. In addition, the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on legal entities and individuals involved in election interference, as well as against companies that support the malicious activities of the Russian special services responsible for the SolarWinds hack and other recent cyber incidents. These sanctions will help reduce Russia’s resources to carry out similar malicious acts, ”Blinken said.

The Secretary of State also recalled that on March 2, the United States, together with partners and allies, took action in response to Russia’s attempt to poison Alexei Navalny with chemical weapons and his subsequent arrest and imprisonment. “We remain concerned about Navalny’s health and how he is being treated in prison, and we call for his release without any additional conditions,” the head of the foreign ministry said.

“These actions are intended to hold Russia accountable for its reckless actions. We will act firmly in response to Russian actions that harm us, our allies and partners. Where possible, the United States will also seek opportunities to work with Russia to build a more stable and predictable relationship that is in US interests, the Secretary of State said. “In addition, the Department of State is taking steps to strengthen international partnerships in cybersecurity, including by organizing a new training course for partners on the political and technical aspects of publicly establishing accountability for cyber incidents and helping to educate states on responsible cyber behavior.”

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