Biden warns US may ‘take further action’ against Russia but says ‘now is the time to deescalate'

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PRESIDENT Joe Biden announced a string of sweeping sanctions against Russia, punishing Moscow for its interference in the 2020 election, hacking of government networks and "abuses in Crimea".

In brief remarks delivered from the East Room of the White House, Biden said, "We cannot allow a foreign power to interfere in our democratic process with impunity."

Biden said that when he was running for president he promised to "react to any attempt to interfere with our elections", which is what he said he was doing with his latest round of sanctions on Russia.

The president added: "If Russia continues to infer with our democracy I am prepare to take addition steps to respond."

Biden did however call for unity, insisting that Washington is willing to work with Moscow.

"Now is the time to deescalate through thoughtful dialogue," Biden said. "The United State is ready to move through that process.

"Where there's an interest for the United States to work with Russia, we should and we will."

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