The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Biden administration vowed to respond to Russia’s aggressions against the US and its allies in the early days of Biden’s presidency. Biden confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin over a range of issues, from a recent massive cyberattack
to the suspected poisoning
of the country’s leading opposition figure, during their first phone call. And the Biden administration has already rolled out sanctions for the jailing and poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
Hitting back at Russia also comes as the Biden administration has sought to keep open channels of diplomatic communication and to work with Russia when it is in the US’ interest. Biden put that approach on display this week when he proposed a summit with Putin during their second phone call.
The Biden administration also recently decided to keep the Trump-appointed US ambassador on the job in Moscow
for the foreseeable future and invited Putin to a climate change conference later this month.