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U.S. Secretary of Defense: Russia’s cyber attacks are ‘aggressive act against democracy’
08:32, 9 January 2017
U.S. Secretary of Defense: Russia’s cyber attacks are ‘aggressive act against democracy’

More anti-Russian sanctions to come up, Ashton Carter says

08:32, 9 January 2017

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The U.S. government considers various ways to respond to the Russian cyber attacks and the Kremlin’s involvement in the November 2016 presidential election. Ashton Carter, the chief of the Pentagon, said this in his interview with NBC News.

Carter called the cyber attacks an "aggressive act against our very democracy," adding that the the Russian sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for the election hacking "represent a beginning and not the end, a floor, not the ceiling."

The next steps of the U.S. are now up to the Congress and Trump’s administration, but there might be a military response, Carter surmised.

"I think we should not limit ourselves, when cyber is the means used to commit aggression against us, to a cyber response. That part is right. I don't think it should be a military or purely military response," he said.

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