MOSCOW, April 15 – RIA Novosti. New US sanctions against Moscow will target Russia's sovereign debt, the New York Times reported, citing sources.
Bloomberg previously reported that Washington will impose restrictive measures against approximately 12 Russian citizens and 20 organizations, and expel ten diplomats due to Moscow's alleged election interference and cyberattacks through SolarWinds. According to the agency's interlocutors, the States may announce these measures as early as Thursday.
In turn, the Wall Street Journal reported that US President Joe Biden would issue a decree expanding bans on US banks' trading with Russian government debt.
A massive cyberattack in the United States became known in December. The hackers exploited a vulnerability in Orion software from SolarWinds, which has clients in many US departments, including the Department of Justice, State Department, NSA, and more than 400 large companies. US intelligence agencies view the attack as an attempt to obtain intelligence and accuse Russia of being involved in it. However, the United States subsequently admitted that the organizers of the attack did not receive access to sensitive information.
As Jake Sullivan, adviser to US President Joe Biden on national security, said, the White House is ready to use different methods in response to this attack: not just sanctions, but also “visible and invisible” tools. And The New York Times wrote that the United States is planning to inflict “covert counterattacks” on Russian systems, which will become known to the Russian leadership, intelligence and the military, but not to the outside world.
The US President, in turn, in an interview with ABC News, promised that Vladimir Putin would “pay for meddling” in the elections.
Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations of involvement in cyber attacks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that they were unsubstantiated, while presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov emphasized that Russia had never been involved in cybercrimes.