Russia might be gearing up to fight back against the United States after President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would levy sanctions against the country for its alleged election tampering to help President-elect Donald Trump secure the Oval Office.
In a statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted the sanctions as evidence of Obama’s “unpredictable” and “aggressive foreign policy,” adding that the eleventh-hour move represents the Obama administration attempting to place Trump in a difficult position.
“Such steps of the U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, deal a blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president elect,” Peskov said.
While Peskov did not specify what Moscow’s response would specifically entail, he pointed to a “principle of reciprocity” and vowed that Putin’s administration would “issue an adequate response.”
Other Russian officials suggested that the retaliation could include dramatically slashing the size of the U.S. embassy and consulates in Moscow, with the Russian Embassy in the U.S. stating that official statements and countermeasures would be released on Friday.
Although Putin has soundly denied responsibility for the hacks, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a “Joint Analysis Report” that offered technical details surrounding the intrusion into the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton lieutenant John Podesta’s emails by a slew of Russian civilian and military actors.