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A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow rejects the accusations that it hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. They also vowed retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Thursday which include the sanctioning of agencies and individuals purportedly tied to the hacks and the removal of 35 Russian government officials from the United States.
"You realize, of course, reciprocal steps will be made and the U.S. embassy in Moscow and, quite possibly, the consulates will be cut down to size as well," Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the foreign policy committee in the Russian Duma told Tass News News Agency after the sanctions came down.
Whatever retaliation Moscow is considering will have to take into account the possibility that the Trump administration will want to restore the relationship that has foundered on differences over Syria, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Kremlin’s proxy war in Ukraine and the alleged hacking on behalf of now-President-elect Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential campaign.
The US restrictions won’t be left unanswered by Moscow, Peskov said, promising “adequate, reciprocal” reaction “that will deliver significant discomfort to the US side in the same areas.”
However, he added that “there’s no need to rush” with the countermeasures against Washington.
"Considering the current transition period in Washington, we still expect that we’ll be able to get rid of such clumsy actions… of behaving like a bull in a china shop, and that we’ll be able to make mutual joint steps to enter on the path of normalization of our bilateral relations," the spokesman said.
The U.S. will provide an additional $75 million in non-lethal equipment to Ukraine including counter-mortar radar, drones, radios and medical equipment, a US official said Wednesday. The supplies will be funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, the official explained. The president has also approved sending 20 armored Humvees and up to 200 unarmored Humvees under a separate authority.