US Officials Impose Hefty Sanctions on Russia

(Noted News) — The United States is imposing a wide range of sanctions on Russia, citing “malign” actions, including allegedly interfering with the 2016 and 2020 elections, meddling with Ukraine, various cyber-related allegations, and other accusations. 

Part of the sanctions will include restrictions on its sovereign debt market, that ban US banks from buying bonds from Russia’s central bank, national wealth fund, and finance ministry. Additionally, the US government has expelled at least 10 Russian diplomats from the country, and Washington has warned Moscow that despite it not being desirable, more penalties are on the table. 

President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the sanctions are in response to Russia acting “reckless.”

“These actions are intended to hold Russia to account for its reckless actions. We will act firmly in response to Russian actions that cause harm to us or our allies and partners. Where possible, the United States will also seek opportunities for cooperation with Russia, with the goal of building a more stable and predictable relationship consistent with US interests.”

In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova vaguely implied that there would be consequences for the sanctions.

“Washington should realize that it will have to pay a price for the degradation of the bilateral ties,” she said, adding that “the responsibility for that will fully lie with the United States.”

She said the ministry summoned the US ambassador for a “hard conversation,” but wouldn’t immediately say what action Russia will take.

“We have repeatedly warned the United States about the consequences of their hostile steps which dangerously raise the temperature of confrontation between our two countries,”

The White House statement also said that the sanctions were in response to Russia actively trying to “harm” the United States.

“The United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable. We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory. However, we have also been clear—publicly and privately—that we will defend our national interests and impose costs for Russian Government actions that seek to harm us.” 

Last month, Biden replied “I do” when asked if he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was “a killer,” and said that the days of “rolling over” to him were over, but did not elaborate on that point. Putin has also since invited Biden for a live debate, which has presumably been rejected by the president.

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