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The White House promised to respond soon to the “unfriendly steps” of Russia

Washington plans to respond within a few weeks to the unfriendly steps attributed to Russia. This was stated at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, February 23.

The event is being broadcast on the White House Twitter feed.

Thus, she commented on the publication in the Washington Post, which claims that the United States is preparing sanctions against Russia due to cyberattacks on American computer networks, as well as the situation around blogger Alexei Navalny.

Psaki recalled that the United States administration had previously announced that American intelligence was conducting a review in the Russian direction. According to her, US President Joe Biden “spoke about this in his conversation” with Russian leader Vladimir Putin “only a few weeks ago.”

According to her, the US administration asked the intelligence agencies “to do further work, to clarify who is responsible, established by the previous administration, to find out exactly how the hacker attack occurred, what is the extent of the damage and intrusion.”

“We are still in the process of determining this. But it will be weeks, not months before we respond. Nevertheless, I will not be ahead of the outcome of the process,” the spokeswoman said.

Earlier on Tuesday, WP, citing sources in the White House, wrote that in the course of cyber-attacks through the powerful SolarWinds program, hackers broke into government agencies and private companies. According to the official representative of the White House, the alleged Russian campaign affected nine US government agencies and about 100 private companies.

Washington is going to draft an executive order that will expand the Department of Homeland Security's ability to ensure the sustainability of government networks.

On February 17, the United States said that a hacker attack through the powerful Solarwind software was probably carried out by a hacker of Russian origin.

In December last year, the US Department of Justice blamed Russia for a large-scale cyberattack on the country's government networks.

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