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Russia has invited US ambassador back to Russia after Biden threatens sanctions for election-meddling

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Russia on Wednesday called its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations on the future of U.S.-Russia ties after President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would ‘pay a price’ for alleged election meddling.

Biden made his comments after a U.S. intelligence report supported longstanding allegations that Putin was behind Moscow’s election interference in the United States, an accusation Russia called baseless.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had called its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, back to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia’s relationship with the United States.

The move was designed to ensure bilteral ties did not degrade irreparably, it said

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