United States to announce Sanction on Russia over alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity
The United States of America will by Thursday announce new sanctions on Russia over alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity.
It was also confirmed from the sources familiar with the matter that the sanctions in which 30 entities are expected to be blacklisted, will include aggressive new measures targeting the country’s sovereign debt through restrictions on U.S. financial institutions’ ability to trade such debt.
The US is making this move amid the dragging controversy and test of powers as both countries step up their military activities near Ukraine.
In the past few weeks, Washington and its NATO allies raised concerns over the large build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Crimea, the peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Asides from the Ukraine matter, there is also the issue of a cybersecurity breach that took place late last year, affecting software made by SolarWinds Corp as hackers gained access to thousands of companies and government offices that used the company’s products. The US has said it was likely orchestrated by Russia.
However, Russia seemed ready for the possibility as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov last week told reporters that “the hostility and unpredictability of America’s actions force us in general to be prepared for the worst scenarios.”