U.S. says about exhaustion of anti-Russian sanctions
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said that Washington put so many sanctions on Russia, there's almost nothing left to sanction
"As I've said, and as the president's made very clear, we're against every party -- foreign party trying to get involved in our elections, whether it's the communist Chinese, whether it's Putin's Russia, whether it's the theocracy in Iran. We want all of them to stay out of our election," NBC News cited O'Brien as saying.
"And what we've done to make sure that happens is we've spent millions and millions of dollars hardening election infrastructure, working with 50 secretaries of states on cyber security," he said.
"And we've also sent very strong messages to all these countries. With respect to Russia, I mean, we've put so many sanctions on Russia, there's almost nothing left to sanction," O'Brien stressed.
"We've sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine when the past administration was sending them blankets and MREs. We've sanctioned Rosneft. We've done our best to stop Nord Stream 2, the pipeline from Russia to Germany, and have had tremendous success there. We've put sanctions on hundreds of Russians. We've closed their consulates in San Francisco and in Seattle. We've closed their diplomatic annex this year. We've expelled 60 Soviet - or, Russian spies from the U.S," the White House national security adviser listed.