Pretoria News

US puts more bans on Russia

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THE US has imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia to punish it for alleged interferen­ce in US elections, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine and other “malign” acts.

The measures, put in place yesterday, blackliste­d Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and placed limits on the Russian sovereign debt market in steps sure to anger Moscow.

President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorisin­g the US government to sanction any sector of the Russian economy and used it to restrict Russia’s ability to issue sovereign debt, to punish Moscow for interferin­g in the US election last year.

The Kremlin said it would respond in kind and said new US measures would reduce the chances of a summit between US Biden and President Vladimir Putin taking place.

Russia denies meddling in US elections and orchestrat­ing a cyber hack to penetrate US government networks.

It also denies using a nerve agent to poison Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the other allegation­s made by the US.

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