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IN RE­SPONSE TO the al­leged email hack­ing by Rus­sia dur­ing the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, then Pres­i­dent Barack Obama gave 35 Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives 72 hours to leave the United States over the New Year pe­riod. He even blocked Rus­sia from ac­cess­ing two com­pounds in New York and Mary­land that were used for “in­tel­li­gence-re­lated pur­poses” by Rus­sian per­son­nel. Obama also placed sanc­tions on two Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies — the GRU and the FSB. And in a bid to ex­pose the Rus­sians, the US re­leased a re­port of foren­sic ev­i­dence that links the cy­ber­at­tacks to servers used by Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

In re­tal­i­a­tion, the Krem­lin, which de­nounced the hack­ing al­le­ga­tions, rec­om­mended that Rus­sia should ex­pel 35 US diplo­mats from their coun­try, stop US per­son­nel from us­ing a hol­i­day home in western Moscow and bar ac­cess to a ware­house north of the city. But Vladimir Putin re­fused to take any ac­tion, be­ing hailed by cur­rent Pres­i­dent Trump as be­ing “very smart”.

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