To that effect, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has imposed sweeping sanctions against Russia for "undermining the conduct of free and fair elections and democratic institutions" in the U.S. and for its role in facilitating the sprawling SolarWinds hack, while also barring six technology companies in the country that provide support to the cyber program run by Russian Intelligence Services. It predominantly targets overseas governmental, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy targets for intelligence purposes.
The sanctions mark the first time that the USA explicitly linked the "SolarWinds" intrusion to a Russian intelligence service.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media in Moscow on Friday.
The statement said "no known Canadian entities have been exploited to date", but investigations are ongoing.
Besides that hack, US officials last month alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in his unsuccessful bid for reelection as president, though there's no evidence Russia or anyone else changed votes or manipulated the outcome.
The U.S. penalties widened restrictions on U.S. banks trading in Russian government debt and sanctioned 32 individuals accused of meddling in the 2020 USA presidential vote.
Other measures are expected as well, although the administration is not likely to announce them.
The SVR is Russia's civilian foreign intelligence service and is the successor organization to the KGB's First Chief Directorate.
He said the presidents' talk was "very constructive, calm, and responsible".
But, he added, "where possible, the United States will also seek opportunities for co-operation with Russian Federation, with the goal of building a more stable and predictable relationship consistent with USA interests".
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Russia's response.
"We see what Russian Federation is doing to undermine our democracies", said U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Biden on Thursday described the sanctions as a "measured and proportionate" response to Moscow's hostile actions with the United States and said Washington is "not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict".
She said the ministry has summoned the USA ambassador for a "hard conversation", but wouldn't immediately say what action Russian Federation will take.
The sanctions send a message to Russian Federation. "The U.K. and US are calling out Russia's malicious behaviour, to enable our worldwide partners and businesses at home to better defend and prepare themselves against this kind of action".
Biden says he expressed concern to Russian leader Vladimir Putin that they were building up a military presence near Ukraine.
In a television interview last month, he replied "I do" when asked if he thought Putin was a "killer". He said the days of the U.S "rolling over" to Putin were done.
Putin later recalled Russia's ambassador to the U.S. He also pointed at the U.S. history with slaves and Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan ending World War II.
It remained unclear whether the US actions would actually result in changed behaviour, especially since past measures by the USA have failed to bring an end to Russian hacking.
Relations have plunged further more recently, with Washington accusing Moscow of interfering in its presidential elections in 2016 and 2020. And though Trump was often reluctant to criticize Putin, his administration also expelled diplomats in 2018 for Russia's alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.
Besides infiltrating the networks of Microsoft, FireEye, Malwarebytes, and Mimecast, the attackers are also said to have used SolarWinds as a stepping stone to breaching several us agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, Homeland Security, Energy, Treasury, and the National Institutes of Health. The breach exposed vulnerabilities in the supply chain as well as weaknesses in the federal government's own cyber defenses.
The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out a sweeping set of sanctions on Russian Federation over its election interference, hacking campaigns and other malign activity. Other measures are expected as Biden gave an executive order permitting the US government to sanction any part of the Russian economy.