Thursday, December 29, 2016

Russia vows response to diplomat expulsion from US

        Russian diplomats in the US must leave by Sunday

Russia has promised to respond to the expulsion of 35 of its diplomats from Washington, amid a bitter dispute over alleged Russian interference in the recent US presidential election.A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin's reaction would cause the US "significant discomfort".
However, he hinted that Russia may wait until Donald Trump, who has played down the hacking claims, becomes president.
Russia has denied any involvement and called the US sanctions "ungrounded".
On Thursday, the US state department declared the 35 Russian diplomats from the Washington embassy and the consulate in San Francisco "persona non grata", and gave them and their families 72 hours to leave the US.

President Barack Obama had vowed action against Russia amid US accusations that it directed cyber-attacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Reacting to the announcement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Undoubtedly, commensurate reaction based on the principle of reciprocity will cause significant discomfort to the American side in the same areas."
But he added that Russia would not act "in haste" and alluded to the upcoming change at the helm of the US.
"These decisions were taken by President Obama, but Trump will become the head of state in three weeks' time," Mr Peskov said. "Of course, this factor will certainly be taken into account one way or another."

'A decade-long campaign'

Separately, the Russian embassy to the UK tweeted a visual gag calling the Obama presidency a lame duck.

Russian Embassy tweets: President Obama expels 35 🇷ussian diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl american people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.

President-elect Trump has dismissed the hacking claims as "ridiculous" and said Americans should "get on with our lives" when asked about the possibility of sanctions before the announcement.
Emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and from the servers of the Democratic National Committee - some containing embarrassing information for Democrats - were released during the election campaign through the Wikileaks website.
US intelligence agencies, including the FBI and CIA, have concluded that the aim of the hack was to cause damage to Mrs Clinton and the Democrats and favour Mr Trump. The plan worked better than expected. Apparently people are influenced by events of the moment rather than a lifetime of service to one's country or the shady, dubious past of one who served only himself.


  1. People are commenting around the web that Obama is wrong for this .
    Most Americans think he is doing the right thing in trying to keep us and our allies safe .
    Everyone know tRUMP is going to throw us to the wolves .
    Good one .
    Love PIC

  2. I hope taking a strong stance is the right thing to do when we know Trump will reverse it.
    Thanks PIC
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