- Republican Senator Roy Blunt said on Sunday that the United States should treat Russia as a “criminal enterprise.”
- “They shelter criminals, they don’t respect the rule of law or any degree of personal freedom,” he said.
- His comments were made after the recent cyber attack in the United States.
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Senator Roy Blunt said on Sunday that after the recent cyber attack in the United States, the United States should treat Russia as a “criminal enterprise.”
Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, made the comments on the NBC News program.Meet the media“When the host Chuck Todd asked how the United States should respond to Russian aggression.
“Remember, in 2016, until the beginning of 2017, we had cyber defense capabilities, but we did not have the power — the president never granted power — to conduct cyber attacks,” he said. “So when we did fight back, we fight back very hard. In 2018, it stopped.
“I think, to a certain extent, Chuck, you really have to treat Russia as a criminal enterprise,” added Blunt, who announced his intention to retire from the Senate at the end of his term earlier this year. “You know, they harbor criminals, they, they, they don’t appreciate the rule of law or any form of personal freedom. And I do think we have to fight back. If not, there is no punishment, no sanctions — it’s hard to find out who is doing it. .”
The White House said last week It believes that Russian criminals may be responsible for cyber attacks JBS, the world’s largest meat producer.
The Russian government has Denies related to recent U.S. cyberattacks, Including the DarkSide ransomware group’s attack on the Colonial Pipeline in May, which caused gasoline shortages and price increases on the East Coast.
Hackers also Sneak into the New York Metropolitan Department of Transportation in April, “The New York Times” first reported, although it is reported that the organization behind the hacker has ties to the Chinese government. According to MTA officials, the hackers caused little damage and did not have access to the train control system.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is also a Republican, made similar remarks on Russia and the recent attacks on U.S. cyber infrastructure on Sunday.
“Our critical infrastructure is very exposed, we need to strengthen it, but most importantly, we need to continue our offense. You can only defend for so long,” Graham said in the “full press conference with Greta Van Susteren.”
“It’s time for the Russians to pay the price for this, because if they hadn’t looked at it from a different perspective or actively encouraged them, none of this would have happened,” he continued.
Biden will put his U.S. President’s first visit this month, Where he will meet world leaders from all over the world, including a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16.
In the interview Wall Street Journal The FBI Director Christopher Ray announced last week that the agency is investigating 100 different types of
And said that many of them are related to Russia.
“If the Russian government wants to show that it is serious about this issue, then they have a lot of room to show some real progress that we are not seeing now,” Ray told the Wall Street Journal.