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Influential U.S. senator says Russia can expect sanctions after cyber attacks
20:48, 29 December 2016
Influential U.S. senator says Russia can expect sanctions after cyber attacks

"It is now time for Russia to understand – enough is enough," says U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham

20:48, 29 December 2016

Associated Press

Russia and its president Vladimir Putin should expect tough sanctions after cyber attacks during the presidential election won by Donald Trump, U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday, reports Reuters

"It is now time for Russia to understand – enough is enough," Graham said.

Earlier this month, Republican and Democratic senators including Graham called for a bipartisan panel to investigate cyber attacks against the United States by foreign countries, with a focus on Russia's alleged efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election.

"There will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual," Graham said in the Latvian capital.

Related: US Department of Commerce to publish list of 23 Russian and Crimean companies under sanctions

He did not elaborate further on what the sanctions could entail.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia tried to influence the Nov. 8 election by hacking individuals and institutions, including Democratic Party bodies.

Russian officials have denied accusations of interference in the election.

 As it was reported earlier, Administration of US President Barack Obama is preparing for the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation. Washington Post reports this, citing its sources in the White House.

According to the American edition, these measures are caused by the intervention of Russian hackers in the presidential elections held this year.

Related: Cabinet extends sanctions on Russian goods till end of 2017

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