White House expected to ramp up international tensions and announce sanctions against Russia

The White House is expected to announce a series of sanctions against Russia in retaliation for alleged meddling in the U.S. election.

President Obama‘s parting shot at Russian President Vladimir Putin may further escalate what has already been a tense relationship. The sanctions could have economic or cyber components, as Fox News reported.

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Russia promptly vowed to retaliate if the administration followed through with any sanctions.

The official representative for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, responded to the U.S. threat in a statement on the ministry’s website.

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“The outgoing US administration has not given up on its hope of dealing one last blow to relations with Russia, which it has already destroyed,” Zakharova said. “Frankly speaking, we are tired of lies about Russian hackers that continue to be spread in the United States from the very top.”

The statement concluded:

We can only add that if Washington takes new hostile steps, it will receive an answer. This applies to any actions against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which will immediately backfire at US diplomats in Russia. The Obama administration probably does not care at all about the future of bilateral relations, but history will hardly forgive it for this après-nous-le-deluge attitude.

Obama’s decision to move ahead with measures against Russia further strain the transition relationship between himself and incoming President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump dismissed on Wednesday the call for sanctions and said “we ought to get on with our lives.”

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