WASHINGTON. — The US has announced sanctions against several Russian individuals and entities, according to a statement from the Treasury Department. The new measures are described as “cyber-related.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov responded by saying Moscow is calmly preparing retaliatory measures over the sanctions, as cited by Interfax.
The sanctioned bodies include Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, as well as its Internet Research Agency. A total of 14 individuals involved with these entities have also been added to the US Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN).
Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is among those sanctioned over alleged links to the Internet Research Agency, a company accused of employing fake social-media accounts to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
In a statement, the Treasury accused the Russian hackers of carrying out multiple attacks on US infrastructure, including energy, nuclear, water and manufacturing facilities since March 2016. The federal department also cited the recent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, southwest England, as evidence of the Russian government’s “reckless and irresponsible conduct.” — RT