Washington, December 30: United States has started dealing strictly with Russia who allegedly interfered in Presidential elections held in November 2016. America had earlier accused Russia for helping Democratic National Committee to win the elections through hacking.
Notably, Obama administration on Thursday has announced new sanctions against Russia and kicked of 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the US and forced the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York.
According to the new sanctions declared by Obama administration also include travel bans and asset freezes targeting four top officials in the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency. The administration also further plans to release a series of reports documenting the evidence linking Russian intelligence to the hacks.
These are very real consequences. While the G.R.U. officials will likely be unaffected by the largely symbolic sanctions, releasing information about the hacks will help the US and other nations preempt and deter future cyber attacks by Russian government operatives.
After the sanctions passed by Obama administration, President Obama himself gave a statement saying, “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.” “All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” he added. Obama in the end of his statement indicated that more actions may follow in future.
Earlier, entire US intelligence community, comprising 16 separate entities, issued a statement in October fingering Russia for the hacking of Democratic National Committee computer system networks, and later accused Putin of personal involvement. But Russia has denied all the allegations immediately saying they have nothing to do with US elections.
Taking on the decisions made by US, Russian President’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that soon they will give an adequate response to expulsion of its diplomats from Washington.