Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom blasted the Obama administration this afternoon after it was announced that the U.S. was imposing sanctions on Russia as retaliation for its cyberattacks that interfered in the U.S. presidential election, the Daily Beast reports.
“President Obama expels 35 [Russian] diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, including [American] people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless [administration],” the embassy’s official account tweeted, along with an accompanying image with the word “lame.” Earlier, the editor-in-chief of Russia Today, which is frequently criticized for pro-Kremlin and pro-Putin bias, mocked the U.S. for the sanctions, saying sarcastically: “Oh, I’m afraid.”
“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.
“The response will be formulated in a direction determined by the president of the Russia,” he said.