Stamford Advocate

U.S. expels 10 Russian diplomats


WASHINGTON — The Biden administra­tion announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding the Kremlin accountabl­e for interferen­ce in last year’s presidenti­al election and the hacking of federal agencies.

The sweeping measures are meant to punish Russia for actions that U.S. officials say cut to the core of American democracy and to deter future acts by imposing economic costs on Moscow, including by targeting its ability to borrow money.

The sanctions are certain to exacerbate tensions with Russia, which promised a response, even as President Joe Biden said the administra­tion could have taken even more punitive measures but chose not to in the interests of maintainin­g stability.

The U.S. announced as part of the same executive order sanctions on 32 individual­s and entities accused of attempting to interfere in last year’s presidenti­al election.

Russian officials spoke of a swift response, with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei

Ryabkov warning that “a series of retaliator­y measures will come in the nearest time.“

Other American measures are expected as well. Officials have been advising that their response to Russia would be in ways both seen and unseen.

The sanctions announced Thursday are the latest in a series of actions that successive presidenti­al administra­tions have taken to counter Russian behavior seen as antagonist­ic.

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