On Thursday, following President Obama’s sanction against Russia for its alleged 2016 election hacking, President-elect Donald Trump responded to the move.
According to him, “it’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things”
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Writing in a response released few hours after the white house made the announcement, Trump said:
“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.
Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
The announced sactions were against Russia’s intelligence services, but the Obama administration also evicted dozens of intelligence technicians from the US. According to the Presidency, this was part of a response to “efforts by Moscow to influence the election.”
Two of Russia’s intelligence services, the GRU and the FSB, as well as some other Russian entities and agents linked to either the GRU and the FSB, were sanctioned, by executive order from President Obama.
This is because, according to the investigation into the hacking of the DNC emails earlier this year, the group responsible for the hacking was the Fancy Bear Group, known to be affiliated with the GRU, the military intelligence agency of Russia.
Also, the US State Department has declared about 35 Russian intelligence agents “persona non grata” in the United States, with an order to leave the US under 72 hours. Also two compounds known to be owned by Russians are being shut down – one in Maryland and the other in New York.
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In response to these actions, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said that Moscow will consider appropriate retaliation.
“We think that such steps by a U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, to deal a blow to the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect.”
Obama also said that the United States will do all it can to make Russia accountable for every election throughout the world that they had influenced one way or another, especially in the United States.