On December 30, outgoing US President Barack Obama's administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closing of two Russian diplomatic compounds and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow's alleged interference in the November US presidential election, which the Kremlin has denied.
The new anti-Russian sanctions package passed by the US Senate this week aims to expand access to foreign markets for the American energy companies, Russia's trade representative in the United States Aleksander Stadnik told Sputnik.
The US Department of the Treasury has authorized certain transactions with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) which was sanctioned for its alleged involvement in cyberattacks against the United States. Russian lawmaker Lyudmila Bokova said that the Trump team appears to be looking for ways to resolve the issue.
Donald Trump said he did not consider Barack Obama's election-related anti-Russian sanctions excessive.
The sanctions Washington launched against Moscow in the final week of 2016 became outgoing President Barack Obama's "New Year's gift to is successor Donald Trump, according to Derek Norberg, head of the Russian American Pacific Partnership.
Commenting on the latest anti-Russian sanctions by Washington and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, Russian political analyst Nikolai Shlyamin told Radio Sputnik that it is nothing but a war among different political groups within the US, aimed at further complicating the presidency of Donald Trump.
Washington does not possess any evidence of Russia allegedly influencing the US presidential election despite claims by mainstream media, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.
President of Italian Institute for Geopolitics and Applied Sciences Tiberio Graziani described as "provocative" the recent moves by outgoing United States President Barack Obama against Russia and praised the Kremlin’s reserved reaction.
US Congress will vigorously respond to the US President-elect Donald Trump's attempt to reverse recent sanctions against Russia, member of the House Intelligence Committee of the US Congress Adam Schiff said.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team spokesman Sean Spicer on Sunday wondered if new sanctions against Russia imposed over its alleged involvement in cyberattacks on the United States are of proper "magnitude."
The special plane, which was sent by Moscow to carry back home Russian diplomats expelled from the United States, left Washington on Sunday, the Russian Embassy's press service said.
Washington's latest decision to impose additional restrictive measures on Russia indicates that the Obama administration has resorted to a strategy employed by US President Ronald Reagan toward the Soviet Union, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, the publisher and editor of Politics First Magazine, told RIA Novosti.
Selling United States Treasuries from Russia’s reserves will not be an efficient response to the recent anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington, said Nikita Maslennikov, an expert at the Institute of Modern Development.
Outgoing US President Barack Obama and his administration are trying to put a spoke in Donald Trump's wheel, political analyst Vladimir Batyuk, who heads the Political and Military Research Center at the Moscow-based Institute of USA and Canada Studies, told RIA Novosti, referring to the latest sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow.
After the US decided to expel 35 Russian diplomatic personnel from the country, a symmetric response was expected from the Russian government. However, President Vladimir Putin ruled out any tit-for-tat expulsion of American diplomats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again "outmaneuvered" US President Barack Obama by refraining from slapping reciprocal sanctions on American government agencies and expelling US diplomats, Earl Rasmussen, Executive Vice President of the Eurasia Center, told RIA Novosti.
President Barack Obama’s new sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats are vindictive and partisan measures aimed at sabotaging the foreign policy of his successor Donald Trump, analysts told Sputnik.
While the outgoing Obama administration is trying to throw sand in Donald Trump's gears by aggravating tensions between Washington and Moscow, these last-ditch efforts are unlikely to bear any fruit: the latest sanctions approved by Barack Obama will "come off like dust."
Commenting on new sanctions by Washington against Russian diplomats, Iranian experts told Sputnik that the measures are counterproductive, but their effect should not be overestimated.
The new sanctions imposed on Russia by US President Barack Obama are meant to undermine the presidency of President-elect Donald Trump, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview on Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proved that he cared about long-term strategic relations with the United States by not taking countermeasures on the recent US sanctions, chief of the Russian parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.
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