Thursday, December 29, 2016

US Hits Russian Officials With Sanctions Over Election Hacks

By Todd Beamon / NEWSMAX

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President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats Thursday and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in executive orders to punish Moscow for harassment against American diplomats and cyberattacks that interfered in the presidential election.

"These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior," Obama said in a statement announcing the actions.

"All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," he added. "Such activities have consequences."

The Russian Foreign Ministry ripped the sanctions, saying they added to "already destroyed" relations between the United States and Moscow.

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