The Biden administration must issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia in response to recent raids, including the SolarWinds cyber espionage campaign and the Moscow, Confirmed by CBS News. The sanctions, first announced by Bloomberg, could be issued immediately on Thursday.
The sanctions are expected to target more than 30 Russian entities and include the expulsion of at least 10 Russians from the United States, including intelligence officers and diplomats, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The administration is also expected to issue an order banning US financial institutions from buying ruble-denominated bonds starting in June 2021
Administration officials have been promising for weeks to pinpoint Moscow’s spending.with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, President Biden said the United States would “act firmly” in defense of its national interests.
The operation is also expected to include reports that Russia is encouraging Taliban fighters to injure or kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.
According to anfrom the US intelligence community, Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized influential campaigns aimed at damaging President Biden’s candidacy in the 2020 election and strengthening former President Trump.
“A key element of Moscow’s strategy during this election cycle was the use of Russian intelligence agents to spread stories of influence – including misleading or baseless allegations against President Biden – on US media organizations, US officials and prominent US officials. including some close to former President Trump and his administration, “reads the declassified report released by the office of the director of national intelligence.
Last year, cybersecurity researchers identified a hack of software called SolarWinds, an intrusion that gave cybercriminals access to 18,000 public and private computer networks. The US intelligence community identified the hackers in Russia as behind the attack, and they gained access to digital files from several US government agencies, including the Treasury, Justice and Government Services.
Microsoft President Brad Smith in February told ““that the SolarWinds hack was,” the biggest and most complex attack the world has ever seen. “
The United States has also publicly warned Russia against this. Russia has gathered more than 40,000 troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and more than 40,000 in Crimea, a region that Putin annexed far from Ukraine and declared Russian in 2014.
Meeting with NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said: “We are deeply concerned about what we see, about Russia’s ongoing aggressive actions, rhetoric aimed at Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, top intelligence officials told a Senate committee that Russia would continue to use “various tactics” to undermine the United States, including mercenary operations, assassinations, arms sales, cyber capabilities and malicious campaigns – but that Moscow is not looking for a military conflict.
Rebecca Kaplan and Melissa Quinn contributed to the reporting.