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US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

 

April 16, 2021

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U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

"We cannot allow a foreign power to interfere in our democratic process with impunity," Biden said at the White House.

https://www.startribune.com/us-expels-russian-diplomats-imposes-sanctions-for-hacking/600046119/

 

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