November 30, 2021

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Poland has expelled three Russian diplomats for their involvement in hacker attacks on the United States

On Thursday, the Polish Foreign Ministry said that Poland had declared three Russian diplomats persona non grata.

The reason is the “hostilities” related to computer attacks against the United States by the Russian Federation. It is an expression of Warsaw’s solidarity with the United States. This was reported by the Polish news agency PAP, the Russian state news agency TASS and Agence France-Presse.

“The Russian ambassador to Poland has received a diplomatic note informing him that three employees of the Russian embassy in Warsaw have been declared persona non grata (persona non grata),” the Polish ministry said.

According to him, “the basis for this decision was a violation of the conditions of diplomatic status by the above-mentioned persons” as well as “alleged actions aimed at harming the interests of the Republic of Poland”.

“Poland expressed its full solidarity with the US decision of April 15 regarding its policy towards Russia,” the statement said.

The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden has signed an executive order imposing further economic sanctions on Russia in connection with last year’s Russian interference in US elections, and Kremlin rewards for attacks on US forces in Afghanistan and a heck of a large-scale attack. . At the same time, the White House also announced the expulsion of ten diplomats.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the sanctions also came in response to the attempt to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Economic sanctions

The department said that the economic sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department concern 16 organizations and 16 individuals allegedly linked to Russia’s interference in the US elections and the dissemination of disinformation.

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The sanctions concern many participants in the construction of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia through the Kerch Strait with the Crimea. Sanctions were also imposed on some civil servants in Crimea and on the First Deputy of the Russian President’s Office.

According to TASS, the US Treasury has also imposed sanctions on several news media and the Foundation for Strategic Culture in the Russian Federation.

The sanctions, announced by the Biden administration weeks ago, were the first retaliatory response against the Kremlin for last year’s hacker attack on US institutions through the SolarWinds platform, which US authorities have accused Russia.

“The consequences of these attacks extend beyond the borders of the United States and negatively affect European countries, among others,” Warsaw said in a statement.