Cyber ​​attack in Ukraine: US blames Russia?

The US is trying to determine who carried out a cyber attack on Ukraine and it wouldn’t be surprising if Russia was behind it, President Joe Biden’s NSA said.

The US is trying to determine who carried out a cyber attack on Ukrainian government websites and it wouldn’t be surprising if Russia was behind it, said Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. Ukrainian officials say “all evidence” points to Russia, while Russia denies it was behind the hacks. It is the latest source of tension after President Vladimir Putin has gathered 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border for what the US believes is a possible invasion.

“We’re working hard on attribution,” Sullivan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “This is part of the Russian playbook, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being attributed to Russia.”

“And yes, of course, if it turns out that Russia is targeting Ukraine with cyber-attacks and if it continues in the coming period, we will work with our allies on an appropriate response,” he said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN last week’s inconclusive diplomacy by the US and Europe to avert possible Russian military action against Ukraine was a “disturbing” result.

“There are some agreements between us,” Peskov said in an interview with “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” which aired on Sunday. “But in general we can now basically say that we’re staying on different tracks, on completely different tracks, and this is not good, and this is disturbing.”

The Biden administration said on Friday that Russian actors are preparing possible sabotage operations against their own troops and are concocting provocations on social media to justify an invasion of Ukraine if diplomacy fails.

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Russia says it wants NATO to exclude Ukraine and other ex-Soviet states from membership and return its troops to the positions they held in 1997.

Sullivan reiterated that the US and its allies have warned Russia that it will face “heavy economic consequences and a price to pay” if its troops enter Ukraine.

GOP critics

Republican lawmakers now called for stronger action, such as a permanent shutdown of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

The US should let Putin know “the Nord Stream 2 pipeline won’t work,” Senator Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Instead of threatening after an invasion occurs, we should provide deterrence before an invasion occurs,” Texas Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday .

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