During the first week of Biden’s presidency itself, the White House had announced an intelligence review of Russia’s “reckless and adversarial actions” in several areas.
Fresh sanctions against Russia are to be rolled out in form of an executive order by Biden in coordination with US State and Treasury Department. Further, the state department has also called US allies to brace themselves for a potential response by Russia.
The US officials also said that the Russian diplomats who are being expelled are based in Washington, DC, and New York. These Russian officials will reportedly be given at least 30 days to leave the United States. The financial restrictions will target Russia’s sovereign debt which could potentially impact its economy.
The report came as the Biden administration pledged to respond to Russia’s aggression against the United States during the early days of his presidency. Even during Biden’s first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the US President raised the issues of the recent massive cyberattack and alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader. To keep diplomatic channels still open, Biden extended his approach by proposing a summit to Putin during the second phone call.
Now, Russian officials are threatening to retaliate for sanctions the U.S. has issued against the country in the coming days.
The Kremlin on Thursday called any new U.S. sanctions “illegal” and warned they would decrease the likelihood of a meeting between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We condemn any intentions to impose sanctions, consider them illegal, and in any case, the principle of reciprocity operates in this area,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.