Sanctions will 'destroy' US-Russia relations

Vickie Mathis
January 2, 2017

The White House announced Thursday that the expelling 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives and sanctioning five Russian entities and four individuals in response to an alleged cyberattack that the us says was meant to interfere with the 2016 election.

"Great move (.) I always knew he was very smart, "Trump wrote on Twitter".

After President Obama threw the hammer down on Russia for its unprecedented interference in the 2016 presidential election, former Trump campaign manager and future presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway stormed CNN to blame the us government, the DNC, and the media - not the Russians - for the hacking.

In addition, Obama ordered the closing of two Russian properties inside the U.S. He also ordered sanctions against nine Russian individuals, companies and agencies, including the Russian intelligence service. While Trump's response to Russia's hacking of the election has been dismissive at best, he will now have to choose between upholding Obama's sanctions or overturning them, effectively disregarding the reported consensus of the CIA, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Meanwhile, Peskov told reporters Thursday he believes Obama's sanctions were meant to "further harm Russian-American ties" and "deal a blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect".

Russian Federation said on Friday it planned to expel 35 USA diplomats and ban U.S. diplomatic staff from using two facilities in Moscow in retaliation for expulsions and sanctions imposed by Washington. The US also shut down two Russian compounds in Maryland and NY, and imposed sanctions on two of its intelligence services - GRU and FSB. Access to the two compounds, which are used by Russian officials for intelligence gathering, will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the senior U.S. official added.

The Russian foreign ministry said that the new sanctions would further damage ties between Russia and the usa, while Russian state media outlet RIA referred to the move as the 'death throes of political corpses'.

He also extended an invitation to "all children of U.S. diplomats accredited in the New Year's and Christmas party in the Kremlin".

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Russia's government continued to deny the charges of interfering with the election.

In Thursday's immediate aftermath, Russian officials said Obama's sanctions had sabotaged U.S.

"According to global practice, Russia has all the grounds for a comparable response", Putin said shortly after Russian Foreign Ministry sought his approval for a tit-for-tat move. That puts the United States response to the hacking attacks squarely in the hands of the president-elect, who has maintained that there's no way to know that Russian Federation orchestrated the hacks.

Given Putin and Trump's "strong" relationship, Trump opponents fear that the president-elect may be becoming a puppet of the Russian president instead of an equal in creating a long-lasting relationship.

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Trump has questioned whether Russian Federation was involved in hacking the emails of Democratic Party officials, and he brushed off the sanctions imposed by Obama.

US intelligence officials have accused the Russians of hacking Democratic emails in an effort to help Trump win the election.

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