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 Several probes preceded launch of new sanctions against Russia, - Kerry

Prior to deciding on the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, the U.S. administration several times rechecked the intelligence reports about the involvement of Russia's leadership in cyber attacks on America and the publication of stolen information.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at a final press conference, Censor.NET reports.

"The combined expertise of all of that [intelligence] community, probed and re-probed and re-probed-probed, has come to a common assessment that the government of Russia engaged in a concerted effort to influence and interfere with the integrity of our electoral process. Now, that's the conclusion," Kerry said.

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He agreed with Senator McCain's sharp rhetoric against Russia's hostile actions.

"It obviously is a very serious event," the secretary of state noted, expressing belief President Obama "has responded to it accordingly."

Kerry also said that both the president and he personally raised this issue with the Russians last summer.

"We engaged, very personally and privately, with the Russians. And I'm not going to say more about it, except to say that a lot of judgment and consideration went into how that would be handled at that moment," he explained.

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