Obama Sanctions Russia – Expels 35 Russian Diplomats

Two Russian Intelligence Compounds Shut Down

In response to alleged Russian hacking – that some feel impacted the election results – US President Obama has expelled 35 Russian diplomats.

In addition to expelling the diplomats, the US has closed two Russian compounds – one in New York, the other in Maryland.

“These actions were taken to respond to Russian harassment of American diplomats and actions by the diplomats that we have assessed to be not consistent with diplomatic practice,” said a senior US official.

“By imposing costs on the Russian diplomats in the United States, by denying them access to the two facilities, we hope the Russian government reevaluates its own actions, which have impeded the ability and safety of our own embassy personnel in Russia.”

Watch: Report On Obama Sanctions Against Russia

US intelligence agencies believe Russia hacked into the emails of the Democratic Party, and released embarassing information to help Republican candidate Donald Trump in the election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the claim. US President-Elect Trump says it’s time to “move on.” Trump has urged better relations with Russia.

The United States has not named the expelled diplomats. However, the Russian Ambassador to the United States is not one of the individuals being expelled.

Spencer Fernando

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