The administration of US President Barack Obama is going to announce introducing new sanctions against Russia in order to punish the country for the ‘interference’ in the US presidential election.
The Barack Obama’s administration is close to announce introducing new sanctions against Russia in order to punish the country for the ‘interference’ in the US presidential election, the Washington Post reported, citing high-ranking sources. As the newspaper noted, it is referring both to economic sanctions and measures at the diplomatic level.
According to the newspaper’s sources, the Obama’s administration is currently finishing to elaborate details of such sanctions. Some of them, perhaps, will include covert operations, such as operations in cyberspace.
As the Washington Post reported, the public measures can be announced already this week.
For introduction of some sanctions, the White House is going to revise the decree of 2015, which gives a US president full powers to respond to cyber attacks, carried out from abroad, but it does not apply to cases, when the attacks were made in order to influence the electoral system.
One of the methods, which would allow the US president to respond to the Russia’s ‘interference’ in the election is to declare the electoral system a part of the ‘critical infrastructure’ of the US. Another method is to clearly define the term ‘interference in the elections’ as a new threat, the newspaper noted. Administration officials are also working to ensure that it will be difficult to cancel these innovations for the president-elect Donald Trump, the sources pointed out.
In mid-December, Obama promised to assume measures against Russia, which is accused by Washington of interfering in the US elections. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama said at that time, adding that “some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
It seems that Washington and mainstream media live in their own fictional reality, where terrible Russian hackers intervened in the US elections and ensured the victory of Trump. However, there is no real evidence of this fact, except of their desire to believe that it was so. Now, the Obama’s administration is discussing a possibility of introducing additional sanctions against Russia in connection with some virtual fact. This logic of actions and justification of these actions demonstrates the bankruptcy of abilities of the Obama’s regime, which instead of admitting of mistakes in the internal and foreign policy only can look for guilty persons. And Russia has been chose for this role.