Rising tensions between the United States and Russia appear to have boiled over, as 35 Russian diplomats in the U.S. have been expelled, diplomatic buildings have been closed and new sanctions have been announced by the Obama Administration.
According to Reuters, a senior U.S. official says that 35 Russian diplomats have been given 72 hours to leave the country and two Russian compounds have been closed in response to Russia’s apparent campaign of harassment of American Diplomats in Moscow.
Russian compounds in New York and Maryland have been closed.
The response is also connected to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, including hacking.
“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” Obama said in a letter Thursday.
The Obama administration has announced new sanctions on Russia, outlining retaliatory steps.
Earlier Thursday, the official Twitter of the Russian Embassy in the U.S. tweeted the following:
Obama said the sanctions were a response to “a global campaign of malicious cyber activities” conducted by Russia.
Bloomberg Politics reported that the U.S. plans to release evidence of hacking “intended to prove Russia’s military and civilian intelligence services were behind hacking attacks during this year’s presidential campaign.”
The evidence is meant to prove that the Russian government was behind the hacking and, through the release of hacking infrastructure, frustrate officials in Moscow.