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Joe Biden signed an executive order that declared a “national emergency” concerning recent threats from Russia, according to Fox News.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated, “Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections.”
Joe Biden issued “an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
Russia sought to “undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections.”
Biden that comprises “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
Blinken said, “The United States will also seek opportunities for cooperation with Russia, with the goal of building a more stable and predictable relationship consistent with U.S. interests.”
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “[w]e condemn any pursuit of sanctions, we consider them illegal. In any case, the principle of reciprocity in this matter is valid; reciprocity in a way that best serves our interests.”
“It goes without saying that possible sanctions being discussed would by no means promote such a meeting.”
Defense Department press secretary John Kirby said, “We’re monitoring very closely. Nobody wants to see the Arctic as a region become militarized.”
Maria Zakharova says that Russia is summoning the U.S. ambassador for a “hard conversation.”
Biden once called Putin a killer, in response Putin reportedly got a COVID-19 vaccine and proceeded to relocate 28,000 soldiers to the border of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, “They are openly threatening Ukraine with war and the destruction of Ukrainian statehood.”
“The number of violations recorded over the past two weeks has reached its highest level this year and was three times higher than over the same period before.”
“It is important to make Russia clearly understand that the consequences in the event of military adventures on its part will be very painful.”
From Fox News:
Russian Bear bombers went into action, forcing NATO to scramble 10 jets to intercept the Russian warplanes flying over the North Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, a rare show of force near the Arctic. Last week, Putin quietly changed Russia’s constitution to allow him to stay in power until 2036. He would be 83 years old.
The U.S. Department of State said it is expelling 10 officials from Russia’s bilateral mission.
Blinken’s statement went into more detail, citing not only the SolarWinds hack that compromised many agencies in the federal government but also the poisoning of top Putin political rival Alexei Navalny.
The tough stance from the Biden administration comes as tensions have escalated between the U.S. and Russia during the president’s first three months.
When three Russian submarines burst through the Arctic ice in a synchronized exercise in late March, the Pentagon took notice and Putin praised the naval achievement. Each Russian sub can carry 16 ballistic missiles.
The tensions between the U.S. and Russia have experts worrying about a new “Cold War.”