USA/USSR2 Files: Outgoing Pres. Obama leaves foreign affairs mess for successor Trump, expels 35 Russian diplomats from embassy in DC, consulate in SF on Dec. 29, accused of waging cyberwarfare against USA: “These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government”; White House also orders closure of 2 Russian compounds in New York, Maryland, purportedly used for spying, imposes sanctions on GRU chief Lt Gen Korobov, 3 deputies, and 2 Russians wanted by FBI for cybercrimes, Alexei Belan and Yevgeny Bogachev; sanctions also imposed on 3 Russian companies allegedly providing “material support” for GRU hacking ops; Putin brands expulsions “provocative” but rejects advice of FM Lavrov to retaliate with tit-for-tat deportations, welcomes prompt mending of Moscow-Washington relations under incoming Trump Admin; Trump praises Putin’s calm response: “Great move . . . I always knew he was very smart!”; MSM smirks about US, Russian presidents’ “blossoming bromance,” Forbes remarks both “govern by threats,” wield top-down management style (but “similarity ends there”)
January 3, 2017
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Back from Christmas vacation. New era to begin for USA and Moscow-Washington relations on January 20.