Russia issued a quick and cryptic retaliation to Obama’s new announcement Thursday, which outlined a string of punishments against the country for its alleged manipulation of the U.S. presidential election.
Obama bypassed Congress by taking executive action, sanctioning Russian intelligence agencies, shutting down two Russian compounds in the U.S., and kicking 35 Russian agents out of America, according to Fox News.
In a statement posted by Tass.ru, the Federation Council's international affairs committee deputy chairman Vladimir Jabbarov made references to taking action against the American Embassy and consulate in Moscow.
"You realize, of course, reciprocal steps will be made and the U.S. embassy in Moscow and, quite possibly, the consulates will be cut down to size as well," he said.
The Russian Embassy in the UK also responded on Twitter, writing, “President Obama expels 35 [Russian] diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl[uding American] people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm[inistration].”
They included in image of a duckling with the word “LAME” over it.
Russia yesterday called Obama’s claims about Russian hacking “lies” and his administration’s “excuse for its own failure” to win the election for Hillary Clinton.
They also promised retaliation for any punishment by the U.S.
"If Washington really does take new hostile steps, they will be answered ... any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the U.S. will immediately bounce back on U.S. diplomats in Russia," said Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative. Maria Zakharova.
Shortly before Obama released the terms of his punishment, Russia responded again, according to Newsweek, saying, “The U.S. president’s personal hatred has surpassed itself. All of this is unprovable and is an attempt to stifle possible cooperation.”
Obama’s announcement had many people immediately wondering if the outgoing president was trying to start a war and/or seriously manipulate Trump’s ability to work with Russia.
The State Department also pointed to harassment of U.S. diplomats in Russia as a reason for the sanctions, according to Time reporter Zeke Miller.
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