Russia’s UK embassy: ‘Glad to see’ end of ‘hapless’ Obama administration
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Russia’s UK embassy: ‘Glad to see’ end of ‘hapless’ Obama administration

Escalating tensions over sanctions imposed following alleged vote hacking, London mission tweets photo of ‘lame duck’ in jab at president

US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk before an economic leaders meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit at the Lima Convention Centre on November 20, 2016 in Lima. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk before an economic leaders meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit at the Lima Convention Centre on November 20, 2016 in Lima. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

In an escalating war of words, the Russian embassy in London on Thursday claimed that the world will be “glad” to see the Obama administration’s term come to an end in the coming weeks, in response to the announcement moments earlier that the US would be imposing a series of sanctions on Russia over its alleged meddling in the recent US presidential election.

“President Obama expels 35 (Russian) diplomats in Cold War deja vu,” tweeted the Russian embassy alongside an image of a duck overlayed with the word “lame,” a jab at President Obama’s so-called lame-duck status. “As everybody, incl (American) people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.,” the embassy went on.

Among the measures announced were sanctions against Russia’s FSB and GRU intelligence agencies, the designation of 35 Russian operatives as “persona non grata” and the closure of two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland that the United States says are used “for intelligence-related purposes.”

Obama had all but accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering an audacious cyber hack that many Democrats believe damaged Hillary Clinton’s chances in November’s closely fought election with Republican foe Donald Trump.

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