US announces sanctions on Russia, expels Russian personnel

The Biden administration on Thursday announced a sweeping series of sanctions against Russia over election interference, cyber hacking and other “harmful foreign activities.”
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Now to the U.S. And Russia. Tonight the Biden administration hitting Russia with sweeping sanctions after that massive cyberattack that went on for months, hacking into federal agencies and private American companies. And for interfering in U.S. Elections. Tonight, Russia says it will respond, and here's our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce. Reporter: President Biden today announcing sweeping actions to punish Russia for interfering in the 2020 presidential election and hacking into multiple U.S. Government agencies and major private companies, like Microsoft. We will always stand in defense of our country, our institutions, our people, and our allies. Reporter: The U.S. Imposing sanctions on dozens of entities and individuals and expelling 10 Russian diplomats from Washington. Biden says the response is in kind, but is warning he could do more. We could have gone further, but I chose not to do so. I chose to be proportionate. We want a stable, predictable relationship. Reporter: The U.S. Is also ratcheting up the pressure on Russia's continued occupation of crimea and reports Russia offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops. Responding today, the Russian foreign ministry called the U.S.' actions unacceptable and is promising a series of retaliatory measures will follow in the near future. Let's bring in Mary tonight. President Biden sanctioning Russia, but at the same time in recent days inviting Vladimir Putin to meet face-to-face in the coming months, trying to forge some sort of a working relationship here. Reporter: David, the president is walking a bit of a fine line here. He's trying to punish Russia while also trying to move forward in what he described today as a, quote, candid and respectful conversation, Biden invited Putin to meet face-to-face this summer to discuss areas where they can work together going forward. Tonight that meeting is still under discussion. David? We'll see where this goes. Mary Bruce, thank you.

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