Published On:December 30, 2016, 10:47 am
Russia has strongly vowed to act in response to the expulsion of 35 of its diplomats from Washington, in the course of a sour dispute over supposed Russian interference in the recent US presidential election which was held on 8th of November.
Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson said that Kremlin’s reaction would result in “significant discomfort” to the United States.
Nevertheless, he further implied that Russia might remain till the time president-elect Donald Trump, who has downplayed the hacking claims, went on to becoming the president. Also Russia has not acknowledged any involvement and the alleged US sanctions “ungrounded”.
The United States department announced 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 exit from the United States.
Moreover, sanctions have also been declared against the nine individuals which included two Russian intelligence agencies, the FSB and the GRU. Additionally, the United States will shut two compounds – in Maryland and New York – which have been utilized by the Russian intelligence services.
President Barack Obama had consecrated action against Russia in the course of US allegations that it directed several cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
As a reaction to these announcements, Dmitry Peskov who is Kremlin’s spokesperson stated that, "Undoubtedly, commensurate reaction based on the principle of reciprocity will cause significant discomfort to the American side in the same areas."
However he added that the Russian officials will not react “in haste” and also adverted to the future change at the helm of the US.
Mr. Peskov said, "These decisions were taken by President Obama, but Trump will become the head of state in three weeks' time." "Of course, this factor will certainly be taken into account one way or another."
‘A ten year campaign’
Independently, the Russian embassy tweeted to the UK, a visual gag which aimed at the Obama presidency a lame duck. President-elect Trump has brushed off the hacking allegations as “ridiculous” and said Americans must “get on with our lives” when asked about the potentiality of sanctions before the announcement.
Emails were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and from the servers of the Democratic National Committee. Out of which a few comprising of unenviable information for the Democrats, which were released at the time of the election campaign by the Wikileaks website.
Several intelligence agencies from the United States including the CIA and FBI have come to the conclusion that the focus of the entire hacking was to cause considerable damage to Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats and work in favor of Mr. Trump.
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