Russia prepares US sanctions over Alexei Navalny imprisonment, Solarwinds hack and election interference

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Kremlin prepares to hit back on worst-case US sanctions over Alexei Navalny imprisonment, Solarwinds hack and election meddling

  • The Kremlin said Russia had to be ready for the worst scenario of US sanctions
  • “The hostility and unpredictability of the American side’s actions in general oblige us to be prepared for the worst scenarios,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
  • Immediately after taking office, President Biden ordered a security investigation into Russia
  • He could impose additional sanctions or even expel Russian intelligence officers
  • Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russia in the last days of his administration
  • Donald Trump repeatedly sought closer ties with Russia
  • Congress and his government continued to sanction Moscow
  • According to US intelligence, Russia again interfered in elections

The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia had to be ready for the worst-case scenario in terms of US sanctions due to President Joe Biden’s hostile and unpredictable policies toward Moscow.

The Biden administration has concluded its security investigation of Russia after a series of attempts to go against US interests – with possible new sanctions being prepared for close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and other quarrels.

You see, the hostility and unpredictability of the American side’s actions in general oblige us to be prepared for the worst of the scenarios. Of course, if your interlocutor is quite aggressive and unpredictable, you will be constantly mobilized, ” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Biden ordered the assessment of Russia on its first day of work, and the White House has said it would focus on four problematic areas – including Russian electoral interference and the Solarwinds hack of US government agencies and companies, the scope of which is still understood.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin should be ready for the worst-case scenario in terms of US sanctions after the US completed an evaluation of Moscow-related actions.

The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin should be ready for the worst-case scenario in terms of US sanctions after the US completed an evaluation of Moscow-related actions.

The Russians called what they called the 'hostility and unpredictability' of President Joe Biden's government

The Russians called what they called the 'hostility and unpredictability' of President Joe Biden's government

The Russians called what they called the ‘hostility and unpredictability’ of President Joe Biden’s government

With the completion of the review, Bloomberg News reported, the government could impose additional sanctions or even expel Russian intelligence officers it identified.

The US hit sanctions on Russia and kicked closed Russian security complexes in the closing days of the Obama administration in response to Russian electoral interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Possible measures could include sanctions and the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in the US under diplomatic cover, the people said, asking not to be identified during private deliberations. Senior officials were due to meet on Wednesday to discuss steps to take.

The sanctions could include attempts to select people away from Putin and agencies “linked to electoral interference,” the report said, although that has proven difficult in the past.

According to a White House spokesperson, “We are not going to comment on internal policy discussions or meetings. From his first phone call to President Putin, President Biden has made it clear that the United States will respond to a number of destabilizing Russian actions, in a way and at a time of our choosing. ‘

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the White House was 'troubled' by reports of opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition in prison

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the White House was 'troubled' by reports of opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition in prison

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the White House was ‘troubled’ by reports of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s condition in prison

One area the review is exploring are reports that Russia has provided `` bounties '' for killing US troops in Afghanistan.  Moscow denied the charges

One area the review is exploring are reports that Russia has provided `` bounties '' for killing US troops in Afghanistan.  Moscow denied the charges

One area the review is exploring are reports that Russia has provided “ bounties ” for killing US troops in Afghanistan. Moscow denied the charges

The review included hacking into solar winds that officials said compromised a range of federal agency computer systems

The review included hacking into solar winds that officials said compromised a range of federal agency computer systems

The review included hacking into solar winds that officials said compromised a range of federal agency computer systems

Many top Russian officials and oligarchs have already donated money to avoid the impact of US sanctions, and the US has already imposed sanctions, as well as charges against Russian individuals and entities related to election hacking.

Putin last month backed a constitutional change that would allow him to remain in office until 2036.

The government’s evaluation focused on hacking, election interference, reports that Russia was offering “ bounties ” for killing US troops in Afghanistan, and the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Navalny is on hunger strike. He was detained when he returned to Russia in January after fleeing the country to Germany after being poisoned with the chemical Novichok. Amnesty International said Russian authorities could slowly kill Navalny in prison under conditions amounting to torture.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House was “ troubled ” by reports of Navalny’s condition in prison, following proceedings that the US said were unfair.

‘We urge the Russian authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure his safety and health. While he is in prison, the Russian government is responsible for his health and well-being, ”said Psaki.

“We stand behind like-minded allies and partners and call for his immediate release and for an end to the persecution of his supporters,” she said, calling his imprisonment “politically motivated.”

The director of the national intelligence agency, in a report released last month, assessed that Putin authorized “influence operations” to belittle Joe Biden when he ran for president.

The US and Russia got into another diplomatic row after Biden said he considered Putin a ‘murderer’ when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Nonetheless, Putin plans to attend Biden’s virtual climate summit this month.

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