The US Embargoes Russia


The relation between the United States and Russia is among the most critical bilateral relations in the world, with implications well beyond the two states themselves. The United States’ relationship with Russia is today the worst that it has been since 1985. The Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and what appears allegedly to be its continuing attempts to affect the 2020 election campaign have made Russia a toxic domestic issue in a way that it has not been since the 1950s. The recent sanctions imposed by the US on Russia and expulsion of Russian diplomats have further intensified the tensions between the two major powers. The US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that imposes a slate of new sanctions against Russia, as well as expelling 10 diplomats from the US, in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference. President Biden said he warned Russia President Vladimir Putin about the sanctions when they spoke by telephone in a “candid, respectful conversation” on April 13. The sanctions by the US administration represent the first retaliatory action announced against the Kremlin for last year’s hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach. In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code, enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what US officials believe was an intelligence-gathering operation aimed at mining government secrets. In response to the sanctions, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that they consider these sanctions illegal. He further stated that nobody has cancelled the principle of reciprocity in such matters, it is a fundamental principle.

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