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Russia warns of damaging effect on relations with US following expulsion of diplomats

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The Kremlin spokesperson has warned of the damaging effects fresh US sanctions on Russia would have on relations between the two countries.

Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would retaliate ‘appropriately’ to the expulsion from the US of 35 diplomats following allegations of Russian cyber interference in last month’s US elections.

“We strongly disagree with any of the ungrounded claims, accusations, that were made in reference to Russia. From our point of view such actions by the current administration in Washington are, unfortunately, a manifestation of unpredictable and, one might even say, aggressive foreign policy,” he said.

Among the latest string of sanctions was the closure of two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York in response to US claims of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow. The compounds to close are used for Russian intelligence gathering.

But, with US President Barack Obama’s administration coming to an end in three weeks, Peskov expressed doubt over how effective the measures are likely to be.

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