The United States has announced new sanctions against Russia. For example, the country expels ten Russian ambassadors. These sanctions are in response to a major Russian hack that struck several large state-owned enterprises last year and Russia’s attempts to influence last year’s US elections.
These actions are being taken against individuals and companies in Russia who are said to be behind the hack and have acted on behalf of the Kremlin.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, sanctions are contrary to Biden’s earlier wishes to normalize relations with Moscow. Russia denies involvement in hack A State Department spokesman said the US “hostile actions” had “raised the temperature of the Moscow-Washington conflict.”
Last year, US government agencies and businesses were hit hard by the hack Malware Searching system settings for security vulnerabilities. The source of the hack may be infected software from Solar Winds, which collaborates with a number of government services. The hack could last several months and include US ministries, software company Microsoft and security company FireE.
U.S. President Biden invited his colleague Putin to a summit in a “third country” yesterday to discuss all issues playing out between countries. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
During the talks, Biden expressed concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, and stressed that the United States supports Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States has threatened to take decisive action against Russia. But Biden said yesterday that the United States would not tolerate interference in elections and cyber-attacks.