President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday declaring threats from Russia a “national emergency and applying new sanctions against the country.
Ten Russian officials have been expelled from the country by the U.S. Department of State following the action.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the sanctions were in response to hostile actions from the Russian Government, including the SolarWinds intrusion, bounties placed against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and interference with the 2020 U.S. elections.
When Biden was asked if he believed that Vladimir Putin, President of Russia is a “killer,” he responded yes.
The White House also sent a letter to Congress explaining the actions and calling Russia a threat to “national security, foreign policy and [the] economy.” The letter goes on to state other offenses, such as undermining of elections, malicious cyber attacks, the harassment and targeting of dissenting journalists, and violations of international law.
Blinken said that despite all of this, America remains open to “opportunities for cooperation” wherever national interests align and promote stability.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin Spokesman said that Russia condemns the sanctions as illegal, and intends to reciprocate in kind.
Relations with Russia have deteriorated since Biden took office. Putin took Biden’s comment about him being a killer personally, apparently sending 28,000 troops to the Ukraine border as a response. NATO was forced to respond to Russian Bear bombers displaying their force over the Arctic Ocean recently, and 3 Russian submarines carrying 16 ballistic missiles each performed a military exercise in March.
Experts are worrying that increased tensions between Russia and the U.S. could lead to another “Cold War.”
Author: Candace Davidson