Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

Mar 16, 2018, 01:33
Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

He did not elaborate on how Russian Federation would retaliate.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will maintain tough policies against Russian Federation until Moscow changes its behaviour, the White House said on Thursday.

He and the 12 others named on the sanctions list were also named on Robert Muller's indictment last month. "Now we must protect our democracy going forward by securing our election systems and increasing transparency and disclosure requirements for online political advertisements".

He claimed the U.S. move was created to coincide with Russia's presidential election on Sunday. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat. Trump himself has been skeptical of the allegations.

Russia's military intelligence organisation, the Main Intelligence Directorate, was also sanctioned. While it's hellaciously awkward to think that the same administration who arguably benefited from Kremlin-affiliated trolls is now leveling punishment against Russian Federation, that's exactly what's happening. Despite this nearly universal view, Trump has continued to abdicate his duty to protect our country from the "information warfare" conducted against us by Russian Federation in the 2016 election and that is expected to continue in the 2018 midterm elections. "A very sad situation", Mr Trump said. "Something that should never, ever happen". Most of the people have ties to the Internet Research Agency, the "troll farm" that was indicted last month by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

"Unless the calculus changes, we should expect continued issues", said Army Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who has also been nominated to head the USA military's Cyber Command.

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The new penalties were the first to be utilized under a law that Congress passed a year ago to punish Russian Federation for election meddling.

The Treasury Department said the GRU and Russia's military both interfered in the 2016 election and were "directly responsible" for the NotPetya cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe in June 2017.

Clinton, who was the Democratic Party candidate for the presidential polls, also said that America did not deserve to have Donald Trump as the President.

The chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee praised the Trump administration's moves against Russian Federation and said more needs to be done.

The US has accused Russia of a cyber-assault on its energy grid, and has stepped up sanctions on Russian intelligence for its interference in the 2016 elections.

An attack that crippled an American electrical system or another major industrial target would probably be viewed as a major act of war and could trigger an equal response. "They followed the letter of the law, which allowed for a 120-day grace period". "But more must be done", Royce said in a statement, promising that his committee would "keep pushing to counter Russian aggression".

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The sanctions also affect the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, and six of its employees for cyberattacks more broadly, including those targeting Russian journalists, opposition figures, foreign politicians and USA officials.

It said the "recent use of a military-grade nerve agent in an attempt to murder two (British) citizens further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its government".

"It is an assault on the United Kingdom's sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law".

The US had been reluctant to point the finger, but on Wednesday, Nikki Haley delivered a speech at the UN Security Council which stood with the United Kingdom in laying the blame at Moscow's door. May said: "we do hold Russian Federation culpable for this brazen, brazen act and despicable act". They also come to three days of presidential elections in Russian Federation.

"This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War", leaders of the four countries said.

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