President Joe Biden has announced his administration will take steps against Russia in a “measured and proportionate response” after concluding the foreign power interfered in the United States presidential election.
He revealed he had spoken to Vladimir Putin this week where he informed the Russian president the US would be responding “because we had concluded that they had interfered in the election”.
“Today I have approved several steps including the expulsion of several Russian officials as a consequence of their actions”.
President Biden also signed an executive order authorising new measures “to address specific harmful actions that Russia has taken against US interests”.
“I was clear with President Putin that we could have gone further but I chose not to do so, I chose to be proportionate,” he said.
“The United States is not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia, we want a stable and predictable relationship.
“If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I’m prepared to take further actions to respond.”