With New Sanctions, Obama ‘Plants a Bomb Under Trump’s Ties With Russia’

Friday, December 30, 2016
By Paul Martin


The new anti-Russian sanctions by Washington and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States are directed against the new US presidential administration, rather than the Russian government, political analyst Vyacheslav Smirnov told Radio Sputnik.

On December 29, outgoing US President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closing of two Russian diplomatic compounds and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities, including the GRU (the Main Intelligence Directorate) and FSB (the Federal Security Service), over Moscow’s alleged interference in the November US presidential election, which the Kremlin has denied.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will determine further steps in restoring ties with the US depending on the policy of President-elect Donald Trump.

“Reserving the right to retaliate, we will not resort to the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy and further steps toward the restoration of Russian-US relations will be built on the basis of the policy carried out by the administration of President Donald Trump,” Putin said.

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