According to the press secretary of the White House, it was about sending a signal to Moscow that its actions will not remain without consequences.
The White House never expected that one package of sanctions against Russia would lead to an immediate change in the Kremlin’s behavior, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. She explained that by imposing sanctions, the United States sought to send a “clear signal” to the Russian leadership that Moscow’s actions will not remain without consequences.
The media quoted Jen Psaki as saying earlier on Wednesday that the Russian president compared Western countries to the Kipling character Tiger Sherkhan, around whom, as Putin put it, “all sorts of small Tabaks (the jackal, also a Kipling character) are spinning and howling, trying to appease their sovereign.”
We have tough skin, Psaki said.
Recall that the Czech Republic recently expelled 18 Russian diplomats on suspicion that they are members of the special services.
The United States expressed support for the Czech Republic.
“The United States supports the Czech Republic in its firm response to Russia’s subversive actions on Czech soil, “State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Twitter. – We must act decisively in response to Russian actions that threaten the territorial integrity, energy security, or critical infrastructure of our allies and partners.”