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US gives 72 hrs. to Russian envoys...for hacking the election

Post by Original Quill on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:39 am

Reuters wrote:U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, gives 72 hours to leave country – Reuters

The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

The Russian diplomats would have 72 hours to leave the United States, the official said. Access to the two compounds, which are used by Russian officials for intelligence gathering, will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the senior U.S. official added, as reported by Reuters. R

"These actions were taken to respond to Russian harassment of American diplomats and actions by the diplomats that we have assessed to be not consistent with diplomatic practice," the official said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to restrict movement of Russian diplomatic officers and envoys within the territory of the United States.

The lower chamber of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, November 30, approved a draft bill providing a ban on travel for over 25 miles away from mission buildings for Russian diplomats without U.S. authority's notification in the previous calendar quarter.

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:28 am

Many prominent Republicans are strongly in favor of this move... Trump will have a hard time undoing it.

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:46 am

Ben Reilly wrote:Many prominent Republicans are strongly in favor of this move... Trump will have a hard time undoing it.

Agreed. A well thought-out move. Senator McCain is calling for more sanctions.

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:02 pm

What do I wake up this morning?  Here, on Yahoo News, is the Russian response...

Yahoo News wrote:Russia moves to expel 35 US diplomats: foreign minister


Moscow (AFP) - Russia's foreign ministry has requested President Vladimir Putin turf out 35 American diplomats from the country in a tit-for-tat response to a similar move by Washington over hacking allegations, Moscow's top diplomat said Friday.

"Russia's foreign ministry... has requested that the Russian president approve declaring as personae non gratae 31 employees of the US embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US consulate in Saint Petersburg," Lavrov said in televised comments.

The ministry is also seeking to ban diplomats from using a holiday home located in western Moscow and a warehouse in the north of the city, Lavrov said, after President Barack Obama said the US would close two Russian compounds.

Lavrov said the two Russian country houses in New York and Maryland were used for children's holidays and ridiculed the notion they were "nests of spies."

"We of course cannot leave these stunts unanswered.

Reciprocity is the law in diplomacy and international relations," he said, hoping that Putin approves the requests "promptly."

Have I told you lately what a cunning chess player Dr. Obama is?  This move is brilliant.  The more the Russians wiggle and twist, the tighter the noose grows.  Memo to Putin: Shut it all down and break off diplomatic relations altogether, then you won't be able to call your lap dog at all.

How is Minority-President (elect) Trump going to kissy-kissy up to Putin when he can't even talk to him?  Plus, as you point out Ben, pussy-grabber can't put it back together with Republican opposition in the Senate.  McCain and Sessions will block any attempt to cozy up to the Russians.

Trump to Putin: Bye-bye, you big, strong man.  We'll miss you.


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Post by nicko on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:32 pm

Putin says he will not expel any American diplomats in a "tit for tat"
response. Makes OBAMA look a bit vindictive. Putin said he does not want to make life difficult or spoil the education of the children.

Sounds good, or is it part of the game?
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Post by scrat on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:36 pm

nicko wrote:Putin says he will not expel any American diplomats in a "tit for tat"
response.  Makes OBAMA look a bit vindictive. Putin said he does not want to make life difficult or spoil the education of the children.

Sounds good, or is it part of the game?  
Putin has outsmarted America for some time now.
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:03 pm

nicko wrote:Putin says he will not expel any American diplomats in a "tit for tat"
response.  Makes OBAMA look a bit vindictive. Putin said he does not want to make life difficult or spoil the education of the children.

Sounds good, or is it part of the game?  

Well, good.  It's meant to be vindictive.  I'm sure the Russians get it.

Seems like Putin agrees with me...and saw the light in time.  He stopped the escalation.  

Still, it won't do any good.  My bet is that McCain and Sessions will block any recovery of diplomatic relations.  That was the genius of the move: it had bipartisan sympathy...and now, support.

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Post by Jules on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:55 pm


"Makes OBAMA look a bit vindictive. "

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Well, good.  It's meant to be vindictive.  

Lol.
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