Russia Retaliates Against Obama Expulsions, Plans To Seize US Property In Moscow

Tyler Durden's picture

One of the last acts of Obama's presidency was to "impose costs" on Russia over election-hacking allegations (so far unproven) by expelling 35 Russian diplomats and seizing two compounds in NY and MD. Putin initially warned of "proportional response" but then surprised many by "refusing to sink to 'kitchen' diplomacy." However, six months later, Reuters reports Russia may seize U.S. diplomatic property in Moscow.

23 days before the end of his presidency, and just as the post-election Russia-blaming paranoia was getting going, Obama unleashed sanctions against Russia...

Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

 

Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government's aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.

 

All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions. In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences. Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response.

 

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The State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and is declaring "persona non grata" 35 Russian intelligence operatives.

Russia's initial reaction was to warn of a "proportional response"

"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."

But Putin quickly took a different tack... saying it would wait to see if relations improved under the incoming U.S. president, Donald Trump.

Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

And with that one statement, Obama lost the diplomatic war with Russia.

However, six months later, it appears Russia has had enough of playing the 'diplomat' and as Reuters reports, according to the daily Kommersant, Russia may seize U.S. diplomatic property in Moscow and complicate life for an Anglo-American school unless Washington hands back two diplomatic compounds in the United States before July.

Kommersant, citing unnamed diplomatic sources, said on Friday that Moscow wanted the compounds back before a possible meeting at the G20 in Germany in July between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump.

 

If that did not happen, the newspaper cited the sources as saying Russia could retaliate by seizing a U.S. diplomatic dacha, or country house, in Serebryany Bor in north-west Moscow and a U.S. diplomatic warehouse in Moscow.

 

It said that Russian authorities could also complicate life for Moscow's Anglo-American school by altering its legal status.

 

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday that Moscow was still waiting for the return of its U.S. compounds and could retaliate in kind if that did not happen.

What happens next is anyone's guess. But one thing is for sure, this renewed potential for US-Russia tensions will not be taken by the media or the left as any indication that Trump is anything less than Putin's puppet... because that would blow the entire narrative (just like Comey's testimony did this week).

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GUS100CORRINA's picture

What goes around, comes around, correct?

OBAMA is a DESPOT with a REPROBATE MIND!

Truly sad WHEN ONE REALIZES the damage that OBAMA, the BUSHs and the CLINTONs have done to the REPUBLIC.

Depressing!!

jcaz's picture

Sounds like an Obama problem-  maybe Obozo should open up his suddenly-fat checkbook and make whole anyone his stupid decisions hurt.....

Looney's picture

 

Today, Tillerson spoke to Lavrov.

Officially, they discussed some meaningless crap, but I think Tillerson asked Lavrov to announce these “measures”.

First, it helps to re-enforce the absence of the collusion, after Comey’s testimony.

Second, it will give a perfect excuse for Trump and Putin to start working together without hiding.

Looney

Croesus's picture

But but, "muh legacy"...

TwelveOhOne's picture

Piece of shit legacy.  Okay, fire me now.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Who gives a shit? Like we need buildings for diplomacy in the world of videoconferencing.

open calender's picture

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buttmint's picture

"...the deal is this: Never send a niggah to do a man's job."

That is why Ozero is upset. He got outnigged!

Winston Churchill's picture

its a message all right Looney but to the deep state.

Those closed compounds were the SVR surveilance posts that warned the WH,NSC and FBI about the plot to kill

Seth Rich,two days before he died.Their reward from Obozo was their closure.

There is a game of chess going on here, but one side is playing blindfold,or it really is 5d..

CRM114's picture

Like, the US compounds in Russia aren't surveillance posts??????

Winston Churchill's picture

Would US posts warn the Russians about a forthcoming assasination ?

You're mixing apples and oranges.

All spying is farce hence Much Ado about Not(h)ing.

CRM114's picture

Spying is deadly serious. The lies about it not happening are the farce. 

I suggest you actually read Shakespeare rather than just chucking titles around.

Winston Churchill's picture

I have, and unlike you, I can comprehend him.

US public school grad ?

CRM114's picture

Methinks thou doth protest too much.

 

The dishonesty from the intrigue actually produces a vow of death in Much ado. The humour is in the pretense that no deception ever happens in love.


Zorba's idea's picture

Imagine a cage match between Vlad the Impaler and Owhatshisname..Haha the alien couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag

Offthebeach's picture

Well, if Puti shuts down the kids school, we'll shut down Harvard, then Yale, and if he wants it really rough, Evergreen College.

HoserF16's picture

Fuck Yeah! Why wouldn't ya? Fuck Obama! He's a Piece of Shit!!! I hope he dies of Aids soon. YIPEE!!!!!!!!

Stan Smith's picture

And the Russians are in for it with Trump again... how?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

So what took him so long?...

Is it just me or do you sometimes wonder how much Putin is having a party with that "5th column"?...

After what Obama and "Nudleman" did with Maidan I would have detonated the homes of the Department(s) of State and CIA brass that live in Moscow and fucking filet' "Franken Furter" by now!!!

Beans's picture

It is heartening to see the way in which they play the local Russian based (((5th columners))) as well the US based (((deep staters))). The Russians, more than than any other nation have really grasped the 'zeitgeist' of the times we are in and have applied themselves most competently to grasping this NWO aspiring (((demon))) by its tail.

Bravo I say, bravo! 

TwelveOhOne's picture

Two Hundred Years Together, no doubt.

Beans's picture

Two Hundered Years indeed...

HRClinton's picture

Two hundred, that feel like (((2000x3000)))?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

B

The Russians are far, far superior in the game of diplomacy aka espionage than the U.S. could ever hope to be, and that includes the Soviet days of the Cold War.

I admire the Russian Federation "Godly" discipline and long term way of thinking to win over the remaining EU vassals on the "fence". Especially the way they have used their media to take apart the Western narrative propaganda. It has paid huge dividends.

But if I were Putin I would have thrown Elvira Nabiullina "out" and put a "choke hold" on Medvedev... But then again...

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer AT ALL TIMES... appears to be in the "right hands"!

Especially when you are dealing with suicidal psychopaths!!!

CRM114's picture

No it doesn't include the Cold War. Cuba, GLCMs, etc. Soviet Russia f#cked up every time and backed down. The rot set in after Yeltsin.

Beans's picture

You have a poor grasp of history. Yeltsin = family name Jelzman

CRM114's picture

So, Cuba was a diplomatic victory for Russia? Swapping GLCMs for the SS-20s left Russia ahead?

You have no grasp of history at all.

And, for what it's worth, Russia named him as Yeltsin in official communications in English.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

CRM

Your time is short and here's "WHY"!

Russian Federation: #1 oil producer in the World. NO post-Soviet debt obligations (even with the post-Maidan illegally imposed sanctions from Washington and the U.K. MIR credit system fast replacing SWIFT.

United States of "IsraHell":

$24 trillion + $160 trillion in (unfunded liabilities) IN THE "RED". No control of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya let alone their "partners in crime" who are sending USD in droves back to North America.

It was a nice ride while it lasted... But TIMES UP!!!

CRM114's picture

Nothing to do with my posts.

I was arguing about the Cold War. I made no comment about afterwards.

As to your post, nobody trusts Russia, but they do still trust the American Dollar. The morals of that are irrelevant to the effect. When and if the Dollar is no longer top dog, then you may have a point. Personally, I think everybody's Government is going down when that happens.

And why the "you"? I don't have a dog in this race. It is quite wrong to assume that just because someone disagrees with you, that they must therefore be pro- your enemy.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

To "GO" with your delusional rant... (https://southfront.org/sdf-boosts-relations-saudi-arabia-praises-role-st...)

I bet this whore doesn't accept USD anymore for "services rendered"!... And why should she when it's ALL being thrown back at Washington like a melting Tomahawk missile???... Rinse and repeat FSA/ISIS/Daesh/x__________(new name here when required)

The only ones left that do accept $$$IT work for CNN, FOX and NBC and the "pig shit" in uniform and the IC!

Shahna's picture

Well - yes it was.
They wanted missiles outa Turkey and that was what they got.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Russia views the US the same way a sane man (Vladimir Putin) would view a criminally insane, psychopathic mass murderer (USSA) who also has the nuclear weapons necessary to destroy the planet if they don't get their way.

If you were Vlad Putin, would you go out of your way to openly antagonize or unneccesarily provoke a criminally insane psychopath such as the US Government?

More than likely, you would tread lightly, and wait for the opportunity to present itself where you can decapitate and utterly destroy the Washington DC psychopath.

Putin is treading lightly, but let there be absolutely no doubt that once the opportunity presents itself, Putin and the entire world is going to turn against the criminal psychopaths running the USSA, and utterly destroy them.

Offthebeach's picture

Pleade, Wilis, game.

Entire world?

Beans's picture

Agreed on all counts. Especially on keeping your (((enemies))) closest. See how they've kept Kudrin 'interested' by offering him a role on Putin's "Economic Advisory Council". 

Make them "think" they're actually being listended too... feed their egos... chair a meeting of the economic council every once in a while and allow them to grandstand their bogus opinions to you and then, when the wind is out of the bags and their enthusiasm has died down you quietly shelve their nonsense Zionist Neocon liberal free market capitalst hogwash reports in 'that dusty old draw down in level 3 of the Kremlin's basement'.

And just like that, you've kept a few dangerous Zios distracted long enough from them fulfilling their dangerous mission of world subjugation.

Ms No's picture

Hopefully when this is over Putin will be available for consultations.  I would pay good money to have even a twenty minute dissertation from him on how to defend against and go to war with a sociopath.  Just even five main ground rules would be helpful.  This is what he does and it is very tricky and serious business.  It's hard to think of more valuabe information really.  This is the bane of human society and the cure to the disease.

meditate_vigorously's picture

If western propaganda media had a modicum of honesty, it would not be so easy for foreign actors to tear their narratives apart.

WTFUD's picture

Your heartwarming comment's got me all choked up. Next up Zero Cooperation in Syria and a No Fly Zone. Go Vlad!

Rubicon727's picture

The art of a chess expert is to move forward when it's least expected. Good for Putin.

Besides, the school there was probably infiltrated with US intel/George Soros types. 

Anarchyteez's picture

Putin is a rock star.

rpm77's picture

Please seize Barry and Michael and put them in the same cell forever!

 

Piranha's picture

I stand with Putin, he has already taken me over with mindcontrol

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Thank God for Russia. They, Iran, and Venezuela were the only countries that told the truth about 911. Our own government continues to lie about it even after the controlled demolition of the WTC buildings has been proven, along with something other than flight 77 striking the Pentagon. It only proves that we've got some real treasonous dumb fucks running our agencies of which Comey just demonstrated he is one.

CRM114's picture

Like we need Venezuela's opinion on anything. Or Iran. Or Russia

How is shooting the bread queue working out?

Still executing gays?

Still murdering journalists?

WTFUD's picture

How are your wife's vaginal sores, the filthy slapper?

CRM114's picture

My insult consists of evidence, yours is speculative and incorrect.

Do keep up.

ThunderStruck's picture

Thankfully Obama is home every morning now riding Michelle's BBC instead of pretending he knew what the fuck he was doing as POTUS...