Russian President Vladimir Putin strikes back, and with retribution for U.S President Barack Obama’s sanctions which begins with the immediate closure of a U.S. School in Moscow. With this move, Russia’s retribution against America’s sanctions has begun – in earnest . . .
The Kremlin moved fast (as promised) less than twelve hours after the White House announced “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.”
In the aftermath of that, Russian officials ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, a US official told ABC News on Thursday.
ABC News reports that the K-12 school is chartered by the American, British, and Canadian embassies in Moscow, and has more than 1,200 students from 60 countries, according to the non-profit school’s website.
Located in Moscow’s Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo district, the school is currently in the midst of a three-week holiday break, which began December 19, 2016 and ends January 9, 2017.
The school has yet to comment on the closure by the Russian government.
But this is just the beginning of Putin’s response as Obama flexes weak muscles in the waning lame duck days of his administration. Political pundits warn that Obama’s sanctions may shackle President-elect Donald Trump’s hands in future U.S.-Russian relations as Trump prepares to take over on Jan 20, 2017 as the President of the United States of America.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page after the first Russian retribution for the U.S. sanctions: “there will be official statements, counter-measures” announced on Friday.
In a statement, Dimitry Peskov, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said: “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 [sic] response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well.”
Russia has denied interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential election that Donald Trump won convincingly through the constitutionally provided Electoral College.
There may yet be more Russian retributions on the way as, even, members of the U.S. Senate, including angry Republican Sen. John McCain from the State of Arizona. Senators from both sides of the aisle are threatening to add more U.S. sanctions against Russia or Putin (personally) and his close associates and confidants – even as Donald Trump gets set to move into the White House. Trump may be also getting set for political battles on Capitol Hill as he begins to settle into the Oval Office – in the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the United Staes of America and the Russian Federation.