Russia has expelled 10 US diplomats in response to new US sanctions.
Biden admin. New sanctions have been issued against Russia’s election interference and SolarWinds hacking.
Meanwhile, Russia has gathered 80,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, causing fear of aggression.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that the Kremlin has expelled 10 US diplomats in response to the Biden administration’s latest sanctions, according to the Associated Press.
In line with the new sanctions announced Thursday, the United States also expelled 10 Russian diplomats.
In addition, Mr Lavrov said Russia would add eight US officials to the sanctions list and suggested that Russia’s US ambassador to Washington, John Sullivan, return to Washington for talks.Russia last month Recalling the Ambassador to the United States After President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “murderer”.
In addition to other retaliation measures, the Russian Supreme Diplomat also said the Kremlin would take steps to ban US non-governmental organizations from engaging in Russian politics.
The United States has imposed new sanctions on more than 30 Russian entities over the Kremlin’s intervention in US elections and its ties to SolarWinds hacks. Moscow violently denied involvement in hacking and repeatedly rejected allegations of election interference.
The latest developments in escalating diplomatic tit-for-tat between Washington and Moscow have come in fear of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. Europe’s top US general on Thursday Low to moderate risk Russia will invade Ukraine in the coming weeks, with 80,000 Russian troops stationed on the Ukrainian border.
Ukraine has been at war with the Kremlin-backed separatists in the Donbas region for more than half a year. Combined with Putin’s annexation of Crimea, especially problems ranging from the Syrian conflict to cyber-spying, the conflict has fueled tensions between Moscow and the West.
On a phone call earlier this week, Biden urged Putin to ease tensions with Ukraine, Proposed to hold a summit in a third country.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said, “President’s view is that Russia is outside the global community … what the president is offering is a bridge … yes, he’s a suggestion. It’s in their interest to pull in. ” Said Friday.
Lavrov said on Friday that Russia was considering a proposal for a Biden summit.
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