The US, Britain and Australia have accused Russia of cyberattacks on computer networks that could be used to sabotage critical infrastructure. They say Russia is using the internet for political and economic espionage.
The leaders of the US intelligence community have gathered at the White House to present a united front. Donald Trump has faced massive criticism for failing to act on Russian election interference.
The Russian government has said it will further decrease its investment in the US economy as new sanctions loom. It added that for the time being, no US company active in Russia would be shut down.
The sanctions come after the US determined that Russia had used a chemical agent against a former spy. Kremlin officials have expressed optimism for "constructive" dialogue, but are still weighing their response.
British authorities reportedly believe two Russians were involved in the nerve agent attack in the southern English city of Salisbury. The Kremlin is expected to reject the request.
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