The United States Did Not Receive Official Information About Retaliatory Sanctions from Russia
According to Ned Price, there is no diplomatic correspondence in the US State Department that provides details of the actions of the Russian authorities. Price also reiterated that Washington considers its actions "appropriate and proportionate" and reserves the right to respond to such moves by Moscow.
On April 15, US President Joe Biden signed a decree imposing new sanctions on Russia. The restrictions affected individuals and legal entities. Among the grounds for their introduction are the allegedly hostile activity of Russia in the cyber sphere, interference in elections in the United States or other foreign countries.
In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a list of sanctions against the United States. Moscow will expel 10 American diplomats, take measures to end the hiring of Russian and third-country nationals to the US embassy or consulate general, and prohibit American diplomats from traveling outside their places of base. It was also reported that the Kremlin advised Sullivan to travel home for consultations on current relations between the two countries.