The President of the United Stated commented the decision on the deportation of the Russian diplomats from the country and new sanctions against Russia and called these actions “a necessary and appropriate response”. The statement is published on the official web-site of the White House.
Obama believes that all Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions.
“In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences. Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response,” reads the message.
The US President stated that the published set of measures is not the whole story in response to the Russian Federation for their cyber attacks and persecution of US diplomats in Moscow.
“I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners. Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations. In addition, the Secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. The State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and is declaring “persona non grata” 35 Russian intelligence operatives. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are releasing declassified technical information on Russian civilian and military intelligence service cyber activity, to help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.”
Apart from that Barack Obama’s Administration will be providing a report to Congress in the coming days about Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.
As it was reported earlier, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new sanctions against Russia because of the series of cyber attacks aiming to change the course of U.S. presidential race.
Among those sanctioned are chief of Russia’s military intelligence Igor Korobov and three of his deputies, as well as hackers Alexei Belan and Yevgeniy Bogachev. On the whole, the sanctions are imposed on six individuals and five entities; the FSB, Russia’s federal security service, is among them.
Besides, 35 Russian diplomats were thrown out of Washington and San Francisco – a move, which President Barack Obama called ‘a necessary and an adequate reply to Russia’s actions’. The U.S. leader also called the Russian diplomats ‘scouts’.
The U.S. authorities closed two Russian diplomatic missions in Maryland and New York, which were allegedly used for purposes of reconnaissance. Russian diplomats will have no access to these missions staring from Friday noon.