Russia Fears Fresh Sanctions From US
Russia could face fresh sanctions by the US, based on an American intelligence report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence leveled serious allegations on Russia for interfering in the 2020 presidential elections.
What was the intelligence report?
It is a bulky 15-page document that details how Russia tried to influence the presidential elections of 2020 in favor of the former president Donald Trump. Also, the report alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed those efforts. Serious claims were made against the then-candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter by Russian-linked Ukrainian figures.
The report even said that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential elections to help Trump.
The report also alleged that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militia to defeat coalition forces in Afghanistan.
What did the report say about China?
Trump’s allies alleged that China was acting on behalf of Joe Biden but the fresh intelligence report punctured those claims saying that China was looking for stability with the US and that it couldn’t risk blowback if caught.
But the intelligence report raised fingers against Cuba, Venezuela, and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah for influencing the elections.
What did the report say about Iran?
The report alleged that Iran was involved in a multi-pronged covert influence campaign to sway American voters in 2020. But it was to undercut then US President Donald Trump. The US under the leadership of Trump pulled out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran and imposed fresh sanctions on Iran.