The US Treasury announced on March 15 new sanctions “in connection with the Internet” against Russia. According to a US official quoted by AFP, 5 entities and 19 individuals are targeted by these sanctions. “[We respond] to the pernicious activities of Russia, including their attempt to interfere in the US elections,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
In a statement , the Treasury has accused Russian hackers of having conducted several attacks on US infrastructure, particularly in the energy sector or water since March 2016. Washington also relies on the use of an innervating agent in the UK to justify this decision. Attributing the responsibility for the poisoning of a former Russian agent to Russia, the United States believes that this incident demonstrates the “reckless and irresponsible behavior of the Russian government”, while the Skripal case is at the origin of a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.
The US Treasury further specifies that it will continue to pressure Russia in response to what it denounces as a “destabilization of Ukraine, an occupation of Crimea, an endemic corruption and a violation of human rights. man”.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov announced that Moscow was preparing retaliatory measures in response to the new sanctions, saying he was taking the news “calmly”.