US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

ERIC TUCKER and AAMER MADHANI
Created: April 15, 2021 03:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens of people and companies.

The moves are to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking last year of federal government agencies.

The sanctions, announced Thursday, represent the first retaliatory actions announced against the Kremlin for the hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach.

Russia swiftly denounced the actions and warned of retaliation.

The U.S. measures signal a harder line against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whom President Donald Trump was reluctant to criticize even as his administration pursued its own sanctions.

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ERIC TUCKER and AAMER MADHANI

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