Russia Warns Of "Proportional Response" To Obama's "Paranoia"

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Having already made it clear that any sanctions would be met with retaliation, IFX reports that Russian Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov exclaimed that "any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive."  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Russia has no alternative than to make a proportional response, adding in a call with reporters that Moscow "doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks" while Duma Foreign Affairs head Slutsky slammed U.S. sanctions as "signs of real paranoia."

Slutsky added that "without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions."

Although the Obama administration is on its way out, Thursday's announcement has "shown its real face," said Andrei Krasov, first deputy head of Russia's State Duma Defense Committee. He questioned U.S. intentions behind the sanctions and suggest the new measures could weaken "actions against the international terrorism in Syria."

Some reactions via IFX (Google Translate)

US anti-Russian sanctions are counterproductive and are intended to cause damage including the future of the process of restoring bilateral relations, said Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, via "Interfax" .


"Any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive," he said. "I can only reconfirm that this hysteria demonstrates the complete lack of orientation by the outgoing US administration," said the Russian diplomat


"Such unilateral steps are pursuing the aim of damage relations and complicate their recovery in the future", - he said.

Additionally, AP reports, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says Moscow regrets the new sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia on Thursday and is considering retaliatory steps.

Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that the measures signal Obama's "unpredictable" and "aggressive foreign policy."


Peskov says "Such steps of the U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, deal a blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect."


"As it said before, we consider this decision and these sanctions unjustified and illegal under international law," the presidential spokesman added.


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.


Peskov said Putin has yet to study what the new sanctions involve and work out what retaliatory steps could be.

Peskov's point is borne out by's  Alexander Mercouris who notes that like many of Obama’s other recent moves, this one is not really targeted at Russia.  The additional sanctions will hardly affect Russia, though the wholesale expulsion of Russian diplomats will undoubtedly complicate the work of Russian diplomatic missions in the US.

The true target of these sanctions is Donald Trump.


By imposing sanctions on Russia, Obama is lending the authority of the Presidency to the CIA’s claims of Russian hacking, daring Trump to deny their truth.


If Trump as President allows the sanctions to continue, he will be deemed to have accepted the CIA’s claims of Russian hacking as true.  If Trump cancels the sanctions when he becomes President, he will be accused of being Russia’s stooge.


It is a well known lawyer’s trick, and Obama the former lawyer doubtless calculates that either way Trump’s legitimacy and authority as President will be damaged, with the insinuation that he owes his Presidency to the Russians now given extra force.


Like so many of Obama’s other moves in the last weeks of his Presidency, it is an ugly and small minded act, seeking to undermine his successor as President in a way that is completely contrary to US tradition.


Donald Trump – very wrongly – was one of those who cast doubt on Obama’s American birth; a deeply personal issue which Obama would be only human if he found difficult to forget or forgive.  As for Putin, Obama’s dislike and jealousy of Vladimir Putin, who has consistently bested him throughout his Presidency, is hardly a secret.


It seems that as he quits the Presidency Obama cannot put these feelings of jealousy and resentment aside, but is determined to use the few weeks left to him to make life as difficult for Trump and Putin as he can after he is gone.

Lastly, Leonid Slutsky, head of Russia's State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, warned:
"The US sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 35 diplomats in 72 hours are the signs of a real paranoia. Without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions."
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As a reminder, Russia had pre-emptively warned of retaliation...

The outgoing US administration still hopes to finally have time to do something else for bad relations with Russia, and so she brought down. With clearly inspired leaks in the American media have once again trying to scare the extension of anti-Russian sanctions measures "diplomatic" and even sabotage against our computer systems. And this last "Christmas greetings" from the Obama team, already preparing for eviction from the White House cynically want to present as a reaction to certain "cyber attack from Moscow."


Frankly, we are tired of the lies about the "Russian hackers", which continues to flow into the United States from the very top. The Obama administration has launched six months ago, this misinformation in an attempt to play up the desired for himself a candidate in the November presidential election, and not achieving the desired, looking for an excuse for their own failure, and with a vengeance is played on Russian-American relations.


But the truth of the provocation orchestrated by the White House, sooner or later will still come out. Yes, it's already happening. How else to December 8 reported the US media, the State of Georgia State Secretary Brian Kemp he said that the authorities in the region followed where came hacker attack on its electronic system of vote counting shortly after the election. Footprints led to the computer at the US Department of Homeland Security. This information quickly tried to cover up the stream of new anti-Russian charges that do not contain a single proof.


It only remains to add that if Washington really takes new hostile steps, it will get the answer. This also applies to any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which immediately ricocheted on US diplomats in Russia. Perhaps the Obama administration is quite indifferent to what will happen to the bilateral relations, but the story is unlikely to forgive her behavior on the principle of "after us the deluge."

In other words, Europe is about to get screwed again.

Sanctions certainly did not hurt before...

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balz's picture

22 days of darkness.

Truther's picture

22 days of fucking evil by a mother fucking Kenyan.

Lumberjack's picture

And a tunnel at the end of the light.

Kidbuck's picture

Putin has my permission to nuke DC.

floosy's picture

Dear Putin

Obama is a cunt, ignore him.  In 23 days there will be a human being in charge (hopefully)


The public

HowdyDoody's picture

Unfortunately, Obomber's Zionist masters want to fuck up both Putin and Trump.


Ghordius's picture

"Obomber's Zionist masters want to fuck up both Putin and Trump"

why should any "Zionist masters" want to fuck up Trump?

in the case of Trump, it's not "masters", it's cherished son-in-law and "America standing behind it's ally, Israel, however and whatever"

Bibi is no friend of Obama, and Israel just got a UN slap in the face for it's policies versus the occupied territories, with Kerry noting that Israel can't be both a unified state and a religious state at the same time, and the US abstaining from a veto

meanwhile, Bibi was very thankful for Trump's tweets. his real problem about Trump is that there are people in Israel that are further on the right of Bibi himself

stop making everything two-sided only, a world made only out of pure White Hats versus pure Black Hats

Zionism, straight and plain vanilla, is just the right for Israel to exist, period

applied, extreme Zionism is about Muslims not having any right to exist, period

your world is that of snowflakes. the real world is made of facts. for example of Muslims in Israel being recruited in the Israeli Defense Forces

Ghordius's picture

ah, the public. I presume the American public. very good. consider this from the article, then:

"Donald Trump – very wrongly – was one of those who cast doubt on Obama’s American birth; a deeply personal issue which Obama would be only human if he found difficult to forget or forgive.  As for Putin, Obama’s dislike and jealousy of Vladimir Putin, who has consistently bested him throughout his Presidency, is hardly a secret. "

so we have a childish behaviour from "Birthers"... which cast high waves among the American public, a childish behaviour... of the public

then we have childish behaviour versus Trump and childish behaviour versus Putin, with the added idiocy of parts of the childish establishment to target Putin directly, which is a no-no-no amoung adults in a world where some countries have really lots of nuclear weapons

all very personal. all very childish. and... lots of applause from that American public, who's partisanship on both sides is a sure thing

making everything very personal is in synch with listening to the belly and the "truth" that comes out of it

yes, that public... of snowflakes. some in suits, some in jackboots, but snowflakes nevertheless, all very personal, special and utterly disinterested in anything that could even remotely disturb the little house of cards of beliefs coming out of the precious tummy

those two sides of this Great American Culture War? you deserve each other. you need each other. it's two house of cards that lean to each other

if one of them would cease and desist... the other would crumble in it's own contradictions

hence growing up is not an option. and so Putin is a Saint, Trump is a Great Man, Obama is a cunt, or variations on those themes

whatever, as long as our side is Holy and their side is Evil, by Jingo and for the love of fight

Joebloinvestor's picture

Barry is trying to hand Trump a bag of shit with a wet bottom before he leaves.

He is still pissed Putin wouldn't shake his hand.

Librarian's picture

I think this Putin-Obama breakfast video just about sums it up.

My favorite part starts at :50 when one of the cooks uses an old boot to fire up the samovar.

silverer's picture

I hope somebody donates a bust of Winston Churchill AND Vlad Putin for prominent display in Obama's library.

new game's picture

a library complete with a snowflake/tear/hug room. yes a special place to resolve those inner conflicts with other progressive flakes...

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

History's most delicious verdict will come in the form of the fact that nobody will ever want a bust of Obama in his office.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Winston the pedophile faggot?  That Winston?

BabaLooey's picture

Trump will right things right quick.

Once this cunt Soetero is out of power, watch for shit to fly concerning his treasonous ass. Him and all the fuckwads in his "administration."

lil dirtball's picture

>Trump will ...

... pay my bills!

Remember that poor delusional woman? You sound just like her.


analyst123's picture

why do they have to include the stock index chart at the end? as if the stock price is an indication of anything other than central bank manipulation...

booboo's picture

My guess is their central bank is just as politicized as any so making Obumbler look like a chimp was worth it to them and as good a justification as any other lame excuse.

chunga's picture

The world would be a much better place without Washington, D.C, and everyone in it.

au_bayitch's picture

How does one down vote that? ....once on the public dole, one becomes a slave to it.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 3:01 PM

Thank god Putin is behaving in a rational and adult manner.

The same thing can not be said about Obama.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

That's what makes Obama's groundless, unjustified attack on Putin/Russia so despicable---it depends on Putin's goodness for its very success. Obama has always operated that way. He behaves like a petulant twat-cork knowing that other people usually won't sink to his level to oppose him, and so he either gets his way or destroys their reputation. He's a real piece of shit.

SpanishGoop's picture

That´s no response you wimps.

Please take the appropriate counter actions and make OBummer look worse that he already does.

We can all be friends in three weeks again.


CompassionateConservative's picture

President Obama is the best president ever.  I hope he starts world war 3 and stays in office and takes all of the trump supporters guns and mass murders them.  White genocide now!!!  I'M STILL WITH HER!!!

Omerta's picture

Another hysterical cuck- FUCK OFF!

atthelake's picture

WHY is obama "the best president ever"? WHY?

CompassionateConservative's picture

Because he's an African American... Oh, and he wants to take your guns.

land_of_the_few's picture

His mother was a caucasian called Ann Dunham, from Wichita, Kansas ...

e_goldstein's picture

and his father was who the fuck knows.

acetinker's picture

Calm down y'all.  CC is a parody of all the stupid fucks that think they're gonna die under a Trump presidency- a new and improved version of MDB.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

You just broke the law. Expect a visit from the FBI...unless you are an agent provocateur, which is VERY likely!

Bay of Pigs's picture

These people are set on war with Russia and will use all means necessary to start it.

Complete insanity.

John Beau's picture

yes. obama is for sure.  That way he can stay in as king.

Hulk's picture

Fortunately, this shit is so childish, I think Putin will mostly ignore it as one would a child throwing a tantrum....

chunga's picture

Putin's stature is bound to go up over this and you gotta figure the Russian people are absolutely galvanized and ready to fight.

Hata Mari's picture

Yes, I agree that hopefully Putin will ignore, or get ready to reverse, any retaliatory sanctions (as I'm sure Trump is prepared to do).

Unfortunately, Obama's actions are making the USA look horrible and weak on the world stage. There are other players out there who sincerely wish us harm. I'm sure this tantrum has not escaped their notice. My fear is what THEY might plan in the next few weeks.

buttmint's picture

HataMarii +100...yes, to add to your meme---the next 22 days and henceforth will be FALSE FLAG DERBY!

Soros is about to grab his toys and melt away! We can wish! The next THREE WEEKS will most likely determine many of our fates in the coming YEARS! We are at a helluva crossroads. Will there be another WikiLeak dump forthcoming to stem a coup to the counter coup?

mc888's picture

At this point, anything short of full-blown MAD would just be defused after Jan 20, making Trump look like "the great peacemaker". They sure as hell don't want that.


UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

When the Chechen "Military Police" show up at their doors, they may have a few regrets.

navy62802's picture

The Russian Commissioner sees this stupid act for what it is ... an attempt to make things difficult for Donald Trump's administration. At least the Russians can see through Obama's bullshit.

If Obama stops at the diplomatic childish antics, things will be okay. However, let's not forget that he has his finger on the button for another few weeks. Lot's of time for shit to get even dumber.

SpanishGoop's picture

But they can not afford it to not respond or they should have stayed quiet from the beginning.

Probably Trump gets a call before they counter `All will be well later on but we have to now`.



Bill of Rights's picture

Obama and his entire fake administration need to be arrested and tried for treason, send in the fucking Marines...

ejmoosa's picture

if only Trump took office on day 1, provided the Birth Certificate we all sought, and then invalidated the last eight years of Obama's presidency, and denied him all of the perks that come with being a former president.

That's the stuff dreams are made of.