Russia to expand American 'blacklist' after new US sanctions

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Moscow will respond to a new set of United States sanctions by expanding its "black list" of Americans, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday, according to RIA news agency.

The Trump administration confirmed Thursday it was enacting the new sanctions on Russian Federation, including individuals indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller, in a sweeping new effort to punish Moscow for its attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

Without offering greater context, O'Donnell leaves her viewers with ambiguity about Trump's stance on Russian Federation, but his actions speak louder than her words.

The alleged breaches by Russian hackers were cited by the U.S. Treasury Department as one reason for imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia on March 15, 2018.

This week, Tony and Leland explore the New York Times report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russian operation to swing the 2016 election to the president, had issued a subpoena for the Trump Organization's records.

The US president has also decried more damaging allegations that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin - the subject of Mueller's ongoing investigation that has seen several key aides indicted or make plea deals.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have released a report that accusing Russian hacking of attempting to break-in to US government organisation networks and even trying to penetrate US infrastructure, including the power sector.

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"We have begun to prepare response measures", deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency.

Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the USA electric grid, water processing plants, air transportation facilities and other targets in rolling attacks on some of the country's most sensitive infrastructure, US government officials said Thursday.

"Tomorrow is another day", the official said. These are specifically in direct response to the meddling of the 2016 election, such as the Internet Research Agency's (IRA) creation of fake social media accounts and campaigns to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump.

The sanctions, authorized under a bill passed by Congress past year but never before used by the Trump administration, will freeze any assets held by the individuals or companies and bar Americans from doing business with any of them. During a March 2 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Stewart said he has no concerns about the Trump family's unprecedented commingling of their private business and their officials duties because "my understanding is all the members of the Trump family have separated themselves from those business dealings..." It noted that the attack caused several US hospitals to be unable to create electronic medical records for more than a week. Their tactics included sending spear-phishing emails and embedding malicious content on informational websites to obtain security credentials they could then leverage for more information and access.

The United States Government Computer Emergency Readiness Team released a laundry list of Russian efforts to infiltrate integral American infrastructure elements using cyber warfare tactics in conjunction with the new sanctions.

The Russian presidential "election" is on Sunday, March 18, and Putin is nearly certain to win again.

Britain on Wednesday announced sanctions against Russian Federation over the attack, including the expulsion of 23 diplomats. McMaster spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of a program on the Syria crisis posted on the White House site under the title "Is the Worst Yet to Come?".