Kremlin spokesman vows re­tal­i­a­tion against sanc­tions

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• Moscow» The Kremlin on Fri­day is­sued a stark warn­ing to the United States, say­ing it would re­spond in kind to the U.S. ex­pul­sion of 35 Rus­sian diplo­mats and other sanc­tions fol­low­ing the Rus­sian hack­ing of U.S. po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­fore the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

“I can­not say now what the re­sponse will be, although, as we know, there is no al­ter­na­tive here to the prin­ci­ple of rec­i­proc­ity,” said Rus­sian pres­i­den­tial spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a state­ment late Thurs­day evening re­ported by the In­ter­fax news ser­vice. He said that Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin would de­cide the ex­act re­sponse.

Peskov’s re­marks were the cul­mi­na­tion of a sharply-worded re­ac­tion by Rus­sia’s es­tab­lish­ment to the sanc­tions, which come at a time when Moscow is look­ing for­ward to an im­prove­ment in its ties with the U.S. at the start of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in three weeks.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova, whose com­ments about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion have grown in­creas­ingly hos­tile as the re­la­tion­ship has soured, dis­missed the White House as “a group of for­eign pol­icy losers, an­gry and ig­no­rant.” The Wash­ing­ton Post

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