U.S. slaps sanctions on Russia, expels 35 diplomats

| Updated: Dec 30, 2016 13:51 IST

Washington [United States], Dec.30 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's alleged interference in the November 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has expelled 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the United States. The diplomats were declared persona non grata for acting in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status", reports the Dawn. Obama said Russians will no longer have access to two Russian government-owned compounds in the United States, in Maryland and in New York. Russian officials have denied the Obama administration's accusation that Moscow trying to influence the U.S. presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's goal was to help Donald Trump win, an assessment Trump has dismissed as ridiculous. (ANI)