Russia Retaliates: Set To Expel 35 US Diplomats After US Sanctions

Tyler Durden's picture

Russia warned it would respond proportionally to yesterday's unprecedented sanctions and diplomatic expulsions unveiled by the Obama administration, and this morning it did just that when Russia's foreign ministry announced plans to expel 35 U.S. diplomats and ban U.S. diplomatic staff from using a dacha and a warehouse in Moscow in retaliation to Washington's sanctions, Russian news agencies reported.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the agencies as saying he had proposed the measures to President Vladimir Putin, and said that “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law."

He called the people in question—31 employees at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and 4 in the U.S. consulate in St Petersburg—“persona non-grata.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Mr. Lavrov also said Americans should be banned from using their vacation home near Moscow.

Other joined Lavrov: additional proposed measures are expected though: Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page Thursday, "there will be official statements, counter-measures" announced on Friday. Dimitry Peskov, Putin's press secretary, echoed likewise: "We will certainly response adequately…and it will be determined in line with decisions adopted by the Russian President."

Peskov warned, "there is no doubt that Russia's adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well."

Ultimately, it is up to Putin to draft such retaliatory measures.

ABC News had previously reported, citing a US official, that Moscow had ordered the the shutdown of the Anglo-American School of Moscow - chartered by the American, British, and Canadian embassies in Moscow - but a US embassy official in Moscow said the school had not been shuttered. Russia's foreign ministry also denied the school's closure.

Nonetheless, as the WSJ notes, the "dispute marks one of the biggest diplomatic confrontations between Washington and Moscow since the end of the Cold War." President Barack Obama in a statement on what he called a partial response to Russia’s alleged hacks, said the cyberattacks “could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.”

Russia has denied involvement and Lavrov, as well as millions of Americans, have accused the U.S. of neither having nor showing any evidence.

“The outgoing American administration of Barack Obama, who have accused Russia of all mortal sins and tried to blame us for the failure of its foreign policy initiatives, among other things, has groundlessly made additional accusations that Russia interfered in the U.S. election campaign at the state level,” he said.

The Russian act was in retaliation to sanctions imposed on Thursday by the US on Russian intelligence agencies and expelled what the State Department said were 35 intelligence operatives allegedly serving under diplomatic cover from the Russian embassy in Washington and the Russian consulate in San Francisco.

Shortly after Obama's announcement, Donald Trump, who has shown a far more amenable side to dealing with Russia, said that "It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things" but added that "in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."

We anticipate that despite some potential complications, Trump will gradually overturn Obama's sanctions as relations between the US and Russia renormalize once Trump is inaugurated in three weeks.

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jamesmmu's picture

BREAKING: FBI, DHS Release Report (Allegedly) Linking Russia To DNC Hacks – However, I Do Not Pretend To Understand It.

jcaz's picture

What a pile of shit-   the FBI can't even "find" a bunch of classified emails on some old lady's private server stuck in her bathroom.....

Mercury's picture

Trump will soon replace those US diplomats anyway.

But he should offer the expelled Russian diplomats a free few weeks at one of his resorts until he is in a position to let them back to their embassy.

Suck it Obama you tyrant!

Sandmann's picture

Diplomats need accreditation. There will be no replacements until the US releases Russian R&R facilities in Maryland

Mercury's picture

And in the meantime the Russian ambassador to the US can cool his heals here:


Please tweet this Donald! 


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Pissing contest.


Can I watch?

y3maxx's picture

-Slightly OT... Hollywood supports the DNC for their "gun control",

yet Hollywood is the biggest supporter of violence in their films.

Hollywood democrats are hypocrits of the highest degree.

HowdyDoody's picture

It would be epic if the Russians gave them 24 hours to get out of town.

Plus, please publish photos of the CIA agents aka 'diplomats'. They deserve to be famous.

As further evidence of Russian agression, the FBI releases video of a crack Russian invasion team in action:

Whoa Dammit's picture

Time for Putin to release the Pedo Files.

Never One Roach's picture

The State Dept has stooges and shills, very few diplomats anymore.

nmewn's picture

The key word is "allegedly".

VinceFostersGhost's picture



20 more days of our childish president......throwing the biggest temper tantrum the world has ever seen.


aka......smooth transition.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

For some not yet revealed reason he's giving the neo-cons this parting gift. Jsst go away BO before you do any more damage to our country.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Unbelievable ...

It is time for the despot with a reprobate mind now residing in the WH to STAND DOWN, BE SILENT and MOVE ON. 

It is time to put AMERICA FIRST and not start a WAR with RUSSIA. Please, please DEMOCRATS just BE SILENT and GO AWAY. You people have done enough damage for one life time.

konputa's picture

The report confirms what we all know, at a minimum, that government employees and/or DNC insiders are morons who clicked on links or installed payloads attached to phishing emails. Additionally, the computers they were on had poorly managed security policies, enabling the attackers.

Also, there is no info in this report corroborating the claim that this was state sponsored. These reports are typically far more detailed than this and this one reads as boring routine. 

100% bullshit that adds zero credibilty to the claim. It does nothing to support the claim that a Russian state sponsored event occurred, nor does it cover which systems were compromised.

stocker84's picture

Tyler Turdens contradicts itself within hours.

BritBob's picture

Russia can't be trusted.


Russia is a member of the UN C24 decolonisation committee and supports Spain's claim to Gibraltar. (supporting the lesser adversary). So much for the human and democratic rights of the people of Gibraltar and so much for that so-called sovereignty claim: Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law:


Gibraltar is an important NATO base.

nmewn's picture

Fuck NATO, let the European army defend Gibraltar ;-)

Sandmann's picture

Yes, send Spanish troops to defend it ?  ROFL

man of Wool's picture

UK bought Gibralter off Spain  Spain can buy it back.

Vageling's picture

Sorry. The few navy ships we have are busy "monitoring" the immigrant invasion or pissing off Somali pirates. But mostly... Yeah... Let one Royal navy piss off another for what? A blip on the map that's 6,8 square kilometers? Sounds brilliant o_O 

Sandmann's picture

Gibraltar is a peninsula which we seized in 1713. It has nothing to do with Russia just as Crimea has nothing to do with Britain. 

DuneCreature's picture

I would split the difference and have the UN C24 declare Gibraltar part of Iceland. .. Bring in Icelandic banking reform laws and have the Chinese enforce them.

How about them apples, Bob?

Oh, and tell your programmer he has Cheeto's crumbs on his chair and on the floor and is grinding them into the carpet. Don't try and blame that on the Russians, Bob. ... Putin had nothin' to do with it.

Live Hard, Spanking Internet Bots Since 1999 And Their Mothers For Eons And Decades, Die Free

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OverTheHedge's picture

Cutting and pasting this nonsense once, or maybe twice, cod be considered mildly eccentric, but you are eithera Autistic in your excessive zeal to protect Gibraltar and the Falklands, or a .gov employee, trying to spread the word that Britain has the RIGHT to keep these fairly small lumps of land. My money is on your being a Royal Navy internet warrior - who else would be interested in making sure that a full blue-water navy is required, come what may. So, given that you are a fish-head, you might want to transfer back to the laundry room, where you might at least be of limited use.

YHC-FTSE's picture

If the RN is hiring retards like him, we're in trouble. I told the fucker months ago when he started this shit that I personally know a friend who was on HMS Sheffield and his annoying antics were making me sympathetic towards Argentina's claims.

The bloke is clearly mad. I've never called for a ban on anyone at ZH but we could all do without this nutjob spamming the comments all the time.

DuneCreature's picture

Bob is a bot.

He (it) is on autopilot. ... Why does BritBob even exist? .. As an annoying timesink. .. If you are thinking and writing about BritBob Bullshit you are not thinking about important stuff. .. Burning energy. You are Flat Earthing.

We need to bring back the killfile deamon from the BBS days.

Live Hard, The Best Defense Against Bob Is The Scroll Wheel, Die Free

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HowdyDoody's picture

They are going to have to rely on the Royal Nay Vee to protect these magnificent parts of the British Empire. It's going to be tricky as the ships no longer have functional defense weaponry, the engines sieze up in the wrong kind of weather, nuke subs that crash into anything and everything, and the F-35

Vageling's picture

Look Bobbie. Nobody cares about some 6,8 km2. Even not when you come here daily parroting the same complaints day in and out. Just say God bless the Queen and move on. 

jcaz's picture

Poor Barry, this is as close to a sausage-fest that he can muster with Vlad.....

What a pussy.

monk27's picture

Time to pull curtains over the most idiotic of all US administrations. Somehow, I don't believe we'll see another black elected president for a veery long time... Jimmy Carter should be one happy fellow; his pitifull legacy looks downright glorious compared to Obozo's...

kellys_eye's picture

Shame - I was hoping Russia would stand above the tit-for-tat retaliatory action and show Barry how childish he's become.


philipat's picture

True but if Obozo wants to play games with diplomatic protocols, Russia didn't really have any choice, in the spirit of Diplomatic reciprocity, but to respond, without appearing to be kow-towing to Obuttboy. Which, of course, Vlad would never do. It's all cosmetics anyway and will get quietly reversed behind the curtain as soon as Trump is in Office. What is really sad is that Obuttboy, knowing full well that Russia has done nothing is prepared to risk war and act against the best interests of the American people for the sake of small-minded and vindictive political expedience. That is extremely irresponsible and petulant at the level of schoolyard games.

Fortunately for us all, there is adult supervision on the other side. We could all be dead within a half hour. Fuck off you mulatto clown from wherever you came...I suspect probably still a naturalized Indonesian National born in Kenya with a proven fake US Birth Certificate? It's frightening actually, talk about the Manchurian candidate but we really have no clue who this oerson really is. And don't get me started on Michael Robinson, his transexual beard....

Dr. Spin's picture

Well said sir, Sadly, all the current power structures are academic centric and thus lacking any pretense of common sense. This filters down to the rank and file and finally the system collapses. Anyone that doesn't think collapse is inevitable at this point is a skxawng (moron in Na'vi)...


HowdyDoody's picture

I'm not convinced Obuttboy is actually behind this. I think he may have told his (((underlings))) they can do what they want. He's out of it on the golf course in Hawaii dreaming of holes in one.


philipat's picture

Oops, I got that one badly wrong!! But the announcement by Putin is the mark of a very strong and secure (real) leader who is capable of and willing to think outside the box. Very impressive. The old paradigms are all falling fast. Good riddance.

Vageling's picture

In a different parallel universe it might have worked that way. In ours it doesn't work that way. Other people will see this as "weakness". Next thing Russia knows everybody is trying to pull their leg. It presumes that the world isn't filled with millions of indoctrinated fools that believe every lie their dear godlike leaders say.  O-butt-o-hurt delivered a message, Russia returned one. 

kellys_eye's picture

Well, seems like my wish has come true.....:)

What do you down-voters have to say about that?  Dicks.

MemyselfandI's picture

Looking forward to having an adult led foreign policy

stilletto2's picture

Trump can't come soon enough. Obarmy seems intent on trashing what little reputation he has left by behaving like a sulky schoolboy because his turkey lost the race. Obama the Clown will be his legacy - is he now claiming aliens ate his lunch?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Funny how I can find nothing about exactly how Russia altered the election other than Podesta's emails which clearly show illegal or at least suspect activity. As far as I know HIllary's home brew server without security protocols was the problem. I call Bullshit.

nmewn's picture

They have a pen & phone too? kewl is that!

So anyways, NOW BACK TO THE CONTENT of the emails, is there a progressive left in America who thinks what the DNC did to Bernie Marx in the democratic primary is "interfering with our democracy"? 

Its a simple yes or no question ;-)

Vageling's picture

He never leaves without his pen. Oh... And don't think of stealing it ;)

(1:25, Give me back my pen! LOL!)

Robert Trip's picture

Grandpa always said, "Never trust a Commie" having fought them in Korea in 1953.

He's right.

Putin and his Gang are cut from the same bolt of cloth.


Sandmann's picture

Your father fought Commies in Korea did he ? Was he a Republican GI or a Democrat GI ? i don't think the Chinese and North Koreans fighting in the K War were "Communists" - they were soldiers ordered to fight. Funnily enough China is run by the Communist Party and Americans just love buying their products. Russia got rid of Communists in 1991 but noone in La-La-Land seems to have noticed

Robert Trip's picture

It was a United Nations force.

Robert Trip's picture

One piece of dis-information in your post was the banning of the Communist Party in Russia.

The KPRF Communists are the second most powerful political force in Russia.

They are still around, big time.


nardami's picture

Haha..nice try on twisting words, or maybe you just don't do critical reading well! He did not say "banned".  If you consider mustering less than 10% of the vote "big time", then the KKK is  US! PS...change your name...I like Robert Tripp's music and some folks might confuse your image with that of a serious person.

Robert Trip's picture

Your faculties for observation are lacking.

Observe the number of the letter "P" in our names

This singer you so admire that I have never heard of has 2 "P's" in his name whereas as I have only one "p."

Therefore, no need for a name change.