Russia pledges reprisals for US hacking punishment

The barrage of punishment against Moscow over cyberattacks dragged ties between Russia and the United States -- already at their worst since the Cold War -- to a fresh low less than a month ahead of President-elect Donald Trump taking charge.

Russia pledges reprisals for US hacking punishment

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia on Friday eyed retaliatory measures against the US after President Barack Obama kicked out dozens of suspected intelligence agents and imposed sanctions in a furious dispute over alleged election interference.

Making good on a promise to punish Vladimir Putin's government for allegedly trying to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favour, Obama on Thursday unveiled a broad range of steps that have enflamed tensions with Moscow and the president-elect.

US intelligence had concluded that a hack-and-release of Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton staff emails was ordered by the Kremlin and was designed to put the Republican real estate mogul in the Oval Office.

"I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government's aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election," Obama said in a statement.

In response to the hacks, dubbed "Grizzly Steppe" by US officials, Obama announced sanctions against Russia's military intelligence agency, known as GRU, and the FSB -- the KGB's successor.

Obama said 35 Russian "intelligence operatives" based at the Russian embassy in Washington and the consulate in San Francisco have been declared "persona non grata" and ordered to leave the country within 72 hours.

US officials also moved to close two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland, while Obama warned of further covert actions against Moscow.

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