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President Biden has signed an executive order declaring a “national emergency” over Russia’s threat as his administration slapped new sanctions on the country. The U.S. Department of State said it is expelling ten officials from Russia’s bilateral mission.
The White House released a letter to Congress stating that the president has issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency concerning the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. This threat is posed by specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation. The letter goes on to state that Russia had aimed to “undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections,” engaged in “malicious cyber-enabled activities,” targeted journalists and dissenters outside of its borders, and violated international law.
The Biden administration’s tough stance comes as tensions have escalated between the U.S. and Russia during the president’s first three months. Biden called Putin a killer in his first sit-down interview after taking office. Putin was reportedly so upset over the comment that he left his quarantine, got a COVID-19 vaccination, and moved 28,000 Russian troops to Ukraine.
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