Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions with 'lame duck tweet'

The tweet came in response to an order from Washington to expel 35 Russian diplomats

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Thursday 29 December 2016 22:08 GMT
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The response of the Russian Embassy in London resorted to a little humour
The response of the Russian Embassy in London resorted to a little humour

The Russian response to Barack Obama’s announcement that he was expelling 35 diplomats over the alleged cyber attack on the US election, was fast, and in some cases, rather amusing.

As officials in Moscow said that US diplomats would be ordered to leave in a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Embassy used Twitter to make its point with little panache.

“President Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in Cold War deja vu. Everybody, including American people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration,” it read.

Mr Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack.

President Obama on allegations of Russian hacking and interference in the US election

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” he said. He added: “Such activities have consequences.”

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