The National Security Council (NSC) at the White House accused Russia of trying to “sow discord and chaos” in America. The statement was posted on the NSC microblog on Twitter September 11.
“Russia seeks to sow discord and create chaos in America and other democratic societies. Today the administration within the framework of the presidential decree 13848 has included four people associated with Russia into the sanctions lists for attempts to influence the electoral process in the USA,” the report says.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions against three Russians and one Ukrainian citizen the day before in connection with the case of “interference” in the U.S. elections.
The black list included Russian citizens Anton Andreyev, Daria Aslanova and Artem Lifshits, as well as out-of-faction MP Andrey Derkach. It is alleged that the Russians are employees of the Russian Internet Research Agency.
Earlier in September, the social networks Facebook and Twitter removed a number of accounts allegedly linked to Russia. It was reported that this was done according to information received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The administrations of the social networks said that the deleted pages allegedly inspired the audience with extremely leftist views and published criticism of US presidential candidates – Democrat Joe Biden and Republican, incumbent head of state Donald Trump.
On August 30, American congressmen published a statement claiming that Russia was actively interfering in the US elections. The announcement was in response to a decision by the office of the Director of National Intelligence not to provide security briefings for members of U.S. congressional intelligence committees during the presidential election because of a leak of classified data from past meetings.