The Obama administration announced sanctions on Thursday against the Russian intelligence services, during ejection of dozens of secret agents from the USA, as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the election of 2016.
Through an executive order by President Obama, the GRU and the FSB-two of Russia’s intelligence services, as well as other legal and natural persons in connection with the GRU sanctioned. The cyber security company hired to investigate the Democratic National Committee who believed the hack your E-Mails closed earlier this year, the hackers came from the imagination-bear-group, in conjunction with the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.
In addition to the sanctions, the State Department revealed that more than 35 Russian secret agent “persona non grata has” in the United States, to leave them for 72 hours, and is shutting down two Russian connections in Maryland and New York.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said in response to the announcement that Moscow to consider retaliation.
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— Russian Embassy, UK (@Russian Embassy) December 29, 2016
“We think that such steps of a US administration has three weeks to work in order to aim at two things: to further damage of the Russian-American relations are at a low point, such as it is, as well as, obviously, a blow to the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of President-elect,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
The Russian Embassy in the UK took a different approach, by looking at a picture of a lame duck, and blasting what he called “the Cold war deja vu.”
The Minister of Finance has, in the meantime, says named two-person Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, Aleksey Alekseyevich Belan — it involved malicious cyber-enabled “activities.”
“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings we have issued, to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to the efforts to harm US interests in violation of applicable international norms of behavior,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama also announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI want to help the publication shared information on Russian cyber activity to “identify, and Russia, the global campaign of malicious cyber-activities”.
Obama also said that the government will periods a report to the Congress, “in the coming days” about Russian attempts to influence the election and the previous legislature.
The President indicated that his government wants to do more, to keep you to drag Russia to account.
“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities,” Obama said. “We will continue to be a variety of measures at a time and place of our choosing, some of which are not made known to the public.”
U.S. intelligence agencies have found that the Russians interfered in the election, to try and help President-elect, Donald Trump win. Trump has fired and the conclusions.
However, The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis. welcomed the movement in a statement.
To fight the strong support for the Obama Admin to work back against Russia’s interference in our election. We need to bounce back and punch back hard
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 29, 2016
“Russia does not share the interests of the United States. In fact, it has constantly tried to undermine them and sowing dangerous instability around the world. While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is a suitable way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia,” said Ryan.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY., the move, praised in a statement late Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.