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Russia “Will Consider Retaliatory Measures” Against Obama’s Russian Sanctions

December 29, 2016

On Thursday, following President Obama’s announcement that he is imposing sanctions on Russia due to their alleged involvement with interfering in the US Presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman reportedly said that Moscow regrets the new U.S. sanctions and will consider retaliatory measures.

Earlier on Thursday,  the Obama Administration announced its plans to punish Russia by kicking out 35 Russian intelligence operatives from Washington D.C. and San Francisco and issuing an order to close two Russian compounds located in New York and Maryland. According to a U.S. official, the motion comes in response to a campaign of harassment by Russians against American diplomats in Moscow. The official also stated that the Russians have 72 hours to leave and access to the compounds would be closed to Russian officials by noon on Friday.